It's "fake news." That's President Trump's reaction to New York Times reports that Russian operatives offered Taliban insurgents cash for killing U.S. troops. Trump denied being aware of such a scheme, echoing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She has asked intelligence officials for an immediate report, calling it "totally outrageous" that a U.S. president would deny knowing of such a threat, also denied by the Kremlin. According to the Times, at least one U.S. service member was killed as a result of the alleged program, which resembles U.S. backing of militants fighting 1980s Soviet occupation.