US President Donald Trump has again attacked the “discredited” New York Times over its disputed story that Russia offered bounties for the killing of US troops in Afghanistan, blasting the story as a “fake news tale”.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning Trump said the story was made up to damage him and the Republican Party.

“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 president wrote.

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