Biden said, “Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin. He had had this information according to the Times, and yet he offered to host Putin, in the United States and sought to invite Russia to join the G7. His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin. But this is beyond the pale. It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bare as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harms way.”
A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year, according to the newspaper. It said Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money.
“This primitive informational dump clearly demonstrates low intellectual abilities of the propagandists at the American intelligence service,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement cited by the RIA news agency.
The White House, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined requests from Reuters for comment on the newspaper report.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence finding, the Times said. The White House has yet to authorize any steps against Russia in response to the bounties, it added.