The Washington Post claimed that President Trump shared classified intelligence with the Russians in a meeting at the Oval Office. But National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster denied the report: “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
“The story that came out tonight as reported is false. 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 said in a press conference Monday evening.
“The record should outweigh the anonymous sources. I was in the room. It didn’t happen,” McMaster added.
Multiple outlets reported early Monday evening that Trump had revealed the Islamic State’s intentions of carrying out a terrorist attack on an airplane by using a laptop computer.
The details of the attack, including the name of the city, were withheld by the Washington Post, at the direction of government officials, but the two Russian officials and their aides were told of the exact location the Islamic State was targeting. Russia could use that detail to determine how America or its ally uncovered the plot.
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