McMaster: I Stand by My Statement; Trump’s Intel-Sharing with Russia Was ‘Wholly Appropriate’
White House National Security adviser H.R. McMaster says he is standing by what he told reporters last night after Washington Post revealed that President Trump revealed classified information to the Russians.
A lot of intrigue has gone towards how Trump seemed to contradict what McMaster said when the president confessed that the report was true. McMaster faced a barrage of questions about this today, and he argued that what he meant yesterday was that the “the premise of that article is false.”
McMaster went on to say that what Trump discussed with Russian officials was “wholly appropriate to that conversation,” and was consistent with standard intelligence sharing between the president and other world leaders. McMaster also faced questions such as how the administration would alleviate international concerns caused by the development, and whether there was any formal procedure before Trump told the Russians what he did.
As he continued to say that the information-sharing was important to American interests, McMaster was eventually asked about why he said that Trump never talked about “sources or methods” when WaPo‘s article actually pertained to classified intelligence. When Jon Karl asked McMaster “did the president share classified information with the Russians in that meeting,” the former lieutenant general declined to say yes or no, insisting that it was “wholly appropriate.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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