UPDATES AT THE END
Keep in mind that the leaker was allegedly so upset that Trump allegedly leaked, that this leaker then in turn leaked to The Washington Post. The leak is a criminal act. The President is preparing for a very important trip overseas and these leaks are very damaging to our nation.
The Washington Post published a story this evening claiming that during an Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials, President Trump allegedly described highly classified material about a new ISIS plot.
The details had not even been shared with American allies, and the disclosure could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship, according to the tale.
If true, we are certain there was no “intent” and it’s of no consequence.
This is another bizarre “leak” from an unnamed source.
Exclusive: Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats in their Oval Office meeting last week https://t.co/qHTk7wC068
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 15, 2017
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who were at the meeting have debunked the story.
McMaster said in a statement which he read this evening at a presser:
“During President Trump’s meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” said H.R. McMaster who participated in the meeting. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
“The story is false.
The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced,” said Dina Powell, who also attended the meeting.
President Trump can’t even have an internal meeting without the media making up fake news.
This is either someone undermining the presidency or it is a potentially damaging blunder with absolutely no evidence from an anonymous source.
Even Fox News treated it as a factual story with some basis in fact. Until there is some evidence, this is gossip and should be treated as such. If asked to believe H.R. McMaster or WaPo, the Sentinel goes with McMaster.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 15, 2017
The Washington Post claimed President Trump revealed the name of a town that gave Russians information they didn’t have. All those present at the meeting, including the Russians denied it happened. That hasn’t stopped the media from reporting the story as fact on Tuesday.
President Trump has responded.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
…to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
Judge Napolitano said if the story is true, Trump did not break any laws.
It’s fascinating to watch Democrats express deep concern over national security after all that Hillary Clinton has done.
The mainstream media is reporting this story as if it were proven fact. There is NO EVIDENCE anything discussed was problematic. The leaks and the constant attacks, however, are criminal and dangerous to our national image. Here are some of the comments by talking head and two congressmen who just accept whatever WaPo writes:
Steve Rattner on MSNBC suggested Trump wanted to “cozy up” to the Russians.
Mika Brzezinski said “Trump is not well.”
WaPo’s Greg Miller said Trump revealed the information in a “boastful” manner. Miller has in the past said the intelligence community felt a “sense of dread” about Trump. [But not of Hillary who actually did reveal secrets???]
Soros’-Hillary’s MoveOn’s Jean-Pierre said Trump’s “reckless and dangerous behavior is now a national security risk.” MoveOn is a communist organization and they are treated like a mainstream source. I have sat in on their meetings and they are communists and socialists.
Ned Price of MSNBC said it’s a nightmare scenario for the intelligence community.
Juan Zarate of MSNBC said it’s “unforced error after unforced error”.
Corker said “The White House is in a downward spiral.”
McCain said If the Washington Post report is true than “obviously” it’s disturbing.
No one is giving the White House the benefit of the doubt. People previously highly regarded for their integrity – McMaster, Powell, Tillerson – are being ignored. Why aren’t McCain and Corker sticking up for the people they formerly praised?
This is an obvious hit job to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump. They want to weaken him so he can’t make a move without their okay.
Within the last two weeks, Chuck Schumer warned Trump, actually it was more like a threat, that in light of the firing of James Comey, the intelligence community can get even with him.
Rand Paul paraphrased Schumer and asked why no one was talking about this. “It is one of the most alarming things he heard”. Trump should watch it because they can get you from six ways to Sunday, he quoted Schumer as saying. When Schumer says the intel community can get you if they want, he would know, he is one of only eight congressmen who does know, Paul added.
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