Florida congressional Democrats slammed President Donald Trump over reports by The Washington Post and others that Trump revealed “highly classified” information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the Oval Office last week, jeopardizing a foreign intelligence source.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called the story “false” late Monday.
Trump tweeted twice about shortly after 7 a.m. today.
“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 to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism,” the president said in two tweets.
Later in the morning, he tweeted: “I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community….”
Democrats were critical after the story initially broke.
“If the story is true, this is a serious breach of security and will have lasting and dangerous consequences for the U.S.,” said Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday night.
“When you betray the trust of our allies and national security partners, it jeopardizes our safety and future intelligence sharing,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach. “As the former Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I can’t stress enough how serious of a blunder this is. It is imperative that Congress is given a full briefing on the extent of the damage that President Donald John Trump has caused in compromising highly classified code-word intelligence to the Russians.”
Said Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: “If reports are accurate, President Trump revealed vital and highly classified information in the Oval Office to Putin’s top officials. This reckless move jeopardizes our intelligence sources, exposes extremely sensitive information, and seriously calls into question our president’s judgment. This dangerous behavior threatens our global alliances in the fight against terrorism and actually makes America less safe.”