"We don't talk about what we discuss but we had plenty of discussion and I think it was very productive," Trump said during a press conference at the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Innovation Center in Morrisville, North Carolina, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility that makes a component of a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
The United States believes Russia has given support to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in the past but the top U.S. general Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the U.S. does not have intelligence to confirm it directed attacks against Americans or to corroborate that it paid bounties to kill American troops.
President Donald Trump, a Republican who has worked to cultivate warmer relations with Moscow, has downplayed the significance of the intelligence and denied being briefed on the matter before it was reported by news outlets last month.
- You did talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and I wanted to ask if you did bring up the reports of Russia having bounties on our soldiers in Afghanistan.
DONALD TRUMP: We don't talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion. And I think it was very productive. Please.