Report: Trump discusses classified information with Russians; McConnell calls for 'less drama' from White House

05/16/2017 05:52 PM

The President of the United States allegedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, and seems to be defending the release of information in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported that Trump leaked the highly classified information on Monday. The story was initially labeled as false by the White House, but seemed to be confirmed in tweets from President Trump.

Under the rules of espionage the information was not the United States to share, according to the report. The Washington Post said the release of the information to the Russians could endanger the relationship with the ally who shared it and potentially their agents.

The New York Times and NBC News are reporting Israel is the source of the information Trump shared in the Oval Office.

On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted he had “the absolute right” to share information with the Russians about ISIS and airline safety.

In an interview with Bloomberg Tuesday morning, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was asked about the report. McConnell responded to the question saying “we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things.”

With the exception of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth most of Kentucky’s federal delegation did not make public comments on the information on Tuesday.

Yarmuth took to social media writing “If these reports are true, President Trump has become a threat to our national security. Unprecedented. Unacceptable. Un-American.”


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