(NBC News) – President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to defend his sharing of highly classified information with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.
The president tweeted “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 safety.”
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who attended the meeting, also defended the president’s conversation.
“The president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the context of this conversation,” McMaster said Tuesday.
The Washington Post is reporting the information shared was so sensitive it was not to be shared even with U.S. allies.
“He launched into this part of the conversation in a boastful way, bragging about “I get the best intel. I have these amazing, great briefings every day. You wouldn’t believe the stuff I hear’,” says Washington Post reporter Greg Miller.
McMaster would not confirm if the information Trump shared was classified.
(WSAV) – Does Trump tweet admit we gave Russia classified information? He claims he has the “absolute right” to share facts.
At 7 a.m. today, May 16, President Donald Trump took to Twitter posting this message:
“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.”
These tweets come the day after the Washington Post reported that Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials at a meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence about the Islamic State extremist group at risk.
The White House has denied the Washington Post report.