WATCH: H.R. McMaster Says Washington Post Report on Russia Meeting Is False
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WATCH: H.R. McMaster Says Washington Post Report on Russia Meeting Is False

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has denied the Washington Post’s report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information during a meeting with Russian diplomats last week.

“There is nothing the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. The story that came out tonight as reported is false,” McMaster told reporters outside the White House. “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

McMaster continued, “Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh anonymous sources. And I was in the room, it didn’t happen.”

McMaster did not take questions after reading the statement.

The Washington Post did not report that Trump discussed “sources or methods” with the Russians, as McMaster claims. The statement does not specifically deny that Trump revealed classified information during the meeting last week.

The sources told the Post Trump disclosed information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador about the Islamic State, jeopardizing a critical source of intelligence on ISIS.

Trump revealed “code-word information” and “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our allies,” the source told the Post.

According to the Post, Trump revealed the information during the meeting while appearing to boast about his insider knowledge of a threat to the Western world from ISIS involving the potential use of laptops to conceal explosives on airplanes. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel everyday,” Trump told the Russian ambassador, according to the Post. Trump then revealed aspects of the threat that the U.S. has learned through espionage capabilities of a key partner. As president, Trump is allowed to declassify information, the Post reports.

“It is all kind of shocking,” a former senior U.S. official who is close to current administration officials told the Post. “Trump seems to be very reckless and doesn’t grasp the gravity of the things he’s dealing with, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security. And it’s all clouded because of this problem he has with Russia.”

The White House and State Department had already denied the report in written statements. The Washington Post broke the story, citing current and former U.S. officials as sources, and the New York Times and Buzzfeed News later confirmed the report, though it is unclear if their sources differ from those who spoke to the Post.

“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,” Tillerson said. “During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”

Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell said in a statement, “This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”

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Mike B

HR McMaster is not in any of the photographs of the meeting released by the Russian Government. Let’s see if they do Trump a solid and release a photo proving he was there. Lord knows they took enough of them. There’s much more to this meeting than we’re being told. McMaster was clearly dissembling, yet I see no proof that he was even there.

Anonymous

The truth hurts doesn’t it you lost the election you lost your power and now you’re on a lie smear campaign

Anonymous

Obviously it’s not a “lie smear campaign” just read the great cheetos tweets.

Anonymous

If the whole world knows about it it’s not classified . Dumbass…..

up yours

John F Kennedy lieutenant in the Navy.

Lyndon B Johnson
Commander in the Navy .

Richard Nixon
Commander Navy .

Gerald Ford
Lieutenant Commander Navy .

Jimmy Carter
Lieutenant Navy .

Ronald Reagan
Captain Army .

George HW Bush
Lieutenant ( Junior grade ) .

Bill Clinton ( none )

George W bush
Texas Air National Guard, first lieutenan

Obama ( none )

Donald J Trump ( none )

It looks that the Navy has had a dominated role in White House !

What does a drug Smuggler like to use by sea ?
President Bill Clinton pardoned drug smugglers !
What are the East drug smugglers using the sea ?

That Navy sworn to protect ?

Are the White House leaks coming from the Navy ???

Anonymous

Did you read my lips ; No new taxes !

Bush family Navy connections …

Did Jeb Bush get his feelings hurt ?
And he put his foot down for his daddy to do something…. he’s going to get Donald Trump ?

Anonymous

Wow … I had such high hopes for McMasters … terrifying to find out such hopes were so misplaced.

Anonymous

No wonder you voted for Trump … you’re as paranoid as he is!!

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