BREAKING: Trump calls “Russian Bounty story” a “made up by Fake News tale” and “another HOAX!”

Wednesday morning, President Trump wrote:

The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party.

The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!

In a tweet roughly an hour later, Trump added:

“No corroborating evidence to back reports.” Department of Defense. Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party.

I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level

Meanwhile, Joe Biden says it’s a “dereliction of duty” if Trump did not act on Russian bounty intelligence: “The idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty … and if he was briefed and nothing was done about this that’s a dereliction of duty”

Per TheHill, the Trump administration has faced pressure from lawmakers from both parties for answers after The New York Times first reported Friday that the U.S. intelligence community concluded months earlier that a Russian intelligence unit covertly offered payments to Taliban-linked insurgents who execute successful attacks against coalition forces, including American troops, in Afghanistan.

The White House has denied that Trump was personally briefed on the intelligence before it became public, though has sidesteps questions about subsequent reports that the information was cited in one of Trump’s written briefs, formally known as the President’s Daily Brief, in February.

Trump’s tweet Wednesday marks his first public comment on the matter since Monday, when he claimed that he was not briefed on the intelligence because it was deemed not “credible.” Trump has face criticism for not issuing a forceful message to Russia in light of the revelations.