Trump: I had the ‘absolute right’ to share facts with Russians

Trump: I had the ‘absolute right’ to share facts with Russians

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President Donald Trump met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on May 10. 2017. (Russian Embassy/TASS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump responded Tuesday to a Washington Post report that he shared highly classified information with Russian officials, arguing on Twitter that he had the “absolute right” to provide details on a terror threat in a closed-door Oval Office meeting with the two men.

Trump said that he shared the information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak for “humanitarian reasons” and in hopes that it would prompt Russia to take a stronger stand against ISIS.

Trump’s tweets mark the first time the president has weighed in since the bombshell story broke on Monday.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the information Trump shared was “code-word,” meaning it was classified at the highest level.

The information reportedly came from a partner nation who did not authorize the U.S. to share it with the Russian government.

The White House has pushed back against the story, with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster telling reporters Monday evening that the story “as reported” was false.

According to McMaster, who said he was in the meeting, Trump did not share intelligence methods or sources.

The Post story does not claim that the president did either.

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