Pelosi said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" that throughout Trump's presidency he has ignored allegations against misdeeds committed by Russian Federation, but that the new reports on bounties "is as bad as it gets".
Trump's tweet came a day after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the report, if accurate, was a "truly shocking revelation" about the commander in chief and his failure to protect US troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russian Federation.
"This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter", press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Some commentators pointed out in the months since the administration knew about the bounties, Trump invited Putin to join the G-7 summit, planned for pulling troops out of Germany and failed to act against growing Russian cyber attacks on the US.
Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, were believed to have collected some money, the newspaper said.
"These kinds of deals with the Russian intelligence agency are baseless - our target killings and assassinations were ongoing in years before, and we did it on our own resources", he said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence finding, the Times said.
Trump has scoffed at the findings and sought a warmer relationship with President Vladimir Putin, even as his administration keeps imposing sanctions over Russian Federation over its actions on Ukraine. "It's a betrayal of every single American family with a loved one serving in Afghanistan or anywhere overseas", he said.
"The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate", Ratcliffe wrote.
Hanging over the process is Trump's frequently stated desire to remove United States forces from the country, where local forces have been unable to secure an edge over the Taliban - despite two decades of foreign funding and advising.
USA troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) Base in Logar province, Afghanistan on August 7, 2018.
Why it matters: Cheney, the chair of the House Republican Conference, is the highest-ranking GOP figure in Congress to question the White House on the explosive reports of Russian bounties, which - if true - would mark a major escalation in U.S.
Military officials this month spoke out in unusually harsh terms over what they said was Russia's decision to provide fourth-generation jet fighters to a rogue general in Libya, adding to a spiralling proxy conflict there.