A bombshell Washington Post report Monday night suggests that President Trump revealed classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upon his visit to the White House last week.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster have responded with the following statement, insisting the WaPo report sensationalized the situation.
Statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster on the WaPo story: pic.twitter.com/cpbnVckeCE— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 15, 2017
Trump's U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell was a bit more blunt in her response to CNN's Jim Acosta, telling him the report was an outright fabrication.
Dina Powell statement provided by WH: "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 15, 2017
“The story as reported is false,” McMaster said at a very brief appearance in front of the White House Monday. “At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose military operations that were not already known."
McMaster: "The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false" pic.twitter.com/0GXKxNqmHH— POLITICO (@politico) May 15, 2017
The national security adviser implored the press to rely on his on-the-record report, as opposed to anonymous sourcing.
“I was in the room – it didn’t happen,” he said.
This post has been updated.