President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to tell social media that he had "the absolute right" to share intelligence with Russia, especially information that would ensure Russia steps up its fight against terrorism.
Trump's tweets follow an article by The Washington Post that reported that Trump revealed to Russia classified intelligence pertaining to sources of information about ISIS. The source, according to U.S. officials, had not given the U.S. permission to share such information with Russia.
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
Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies," one official told The Post.
Trump's tweets also seem to contradict a denial of the story issued by the White House.
"There is nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people," National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said in a televised statement. "The story that came out tonight as reported is false."
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