Multiple people who knew the subject told Post that it was not clear how many US soldiers could have been killed due to the awards.
Earlier Sunday, the President tweeted that there was “not too much attack” on US troops by Taliban fighters, as evidence that the reported intelligence could be “fake”.
The tweet went a step further than Saturday’s statement from the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not deny the validity of the report, instead saying Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not informed about the “alleged Russian reward intelligence”.
The Russian Embassy in Washington DC condemned the Times report on Friday as “baseless claims” that threatened death against Russian diplomats in Washington and London. The Taliban also rejected the report.
Since the beginning of America’s longest war in 2001, more than 2,400 deaths of US service members have taken place. It was the deadliest for the US in Afghanistan in five years last year, and 23 service members were killed in the country in 2019.
This story has been updated with additional background and a tweet from the President.
CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh, Barbara Starr, Veronica Stracqualursi, Devan Cole and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.