Today the White House has yet another fire storm building between President Trump and his staff. Reports surfaced Monday when the Washington Post printed “Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats.”
Shortly after the troubling report, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, told the media U.S. President Donald Trump did not discuss sources, methods or military operations in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Give a listen:
McMaster concluded his statement, “I was in the room…it didn’t happen.”
Unfortunately, President Trump tweeted out this morning that it did happen, and it was his “absolute right.” Here are the tweets…
The morning talk shows and newspapers are debating the fallout from the initial report and the presidents tweets, basically throwing Gen. McMaster, under the bus.
Here are some headlines: Remember, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his afternoon media briefing about 1PM, and we’ll see how they spin the story.
Reuters: Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officials
President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office.
The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said.
Breitbart: Donald Trump Defends Right to Share Classified Intel with Russia
President Donald Trump responded to the leaked news that he had shared intelligence about Islamic State terrorists during a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
Democrats and the media reacted hysterically, after intelligence officials revealed details about Trump’s discussion with the Russians in the Oval Office. The information pertained to details of the ongoing fight with the ISIS terrorist threat.
Bloomberg TV: A report claiming that U.S. President Donald Trump revealed classified information to top Russian diplomats has sparked criticism from both sides of the political aisle, including Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reports on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”