McMaster: ‘The President Wasn’t Even Aware of Where This Information Came From’
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National security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed White House reporters Tuesday in an attempt to rebut reports that President Donald Trump divulged highly classified information to Russian officials, thereby creating national security risks for the United States and its allies.
McMaster pushed back on the reports, disputing the “premise” of the Washington Post story that Trump’s comments jeopardized an intelligence source. McMaster called Trump’s remarks in the meeting as “wholly appropriate.”
“The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from,” McMaster said, referring to the classified information Trump divulged to Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak.
“He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of information either,” McMaster added.
McMaster did not deny that Trump revealed to the Russian officials the Middle Eastern city that the intelligence came from.
As many commentators have noted, McMaster’s claims that Trump did not jeopardize the source of the intelligence does not entail a denial that Trump shared highly classified information with the Russians.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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