According to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump revealed information to Russian diplomats that was “wholly appropriate,” and added that Trump was unaware of the source of the intelligence, or from where it originated.
“I should just maybe make this statement here that the president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from, he wasn’t briefed on the source and method of the information either,” McMaster said Tuesday at a White House briefing.
While addressing reporters, McMaster said that Trump conveyed information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that was appropriate in the context of the discussion regarding terrorism. McMaster declined to say whether the information Trump imparted was classified.
McMaster did not confirm or deny that the president disclosed to the Russians the city where the source of the intelligence was from, noting that it would not be difficult to discern where the source is due to “open source reporting.”
On Monday, McMaster claimed that the original Washington Post report claiming allegations against Trump was false, yet confirmed Tuesday that information was shared between the president and the Russians.
McMaster minimized the significance of the report, asserting that “It’s wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is appropriate.”
See the full press briefing in the video below, with McMaster making the above comment around the 10:20 mark.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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