Trump just defended leaking info to Russia. Twitter’s response is perfect.

It was revealed last night that President Donald Trump shared code word-level classified information with the Russian ambassador during their meeting in the Oval Office last week. In the immediate aftermath of this revelation, his communications team scrambled about, claiming that Trump didn’t share top-level information with the ambassador.

This morning, however, Trump took to his Twitter account and admitted he shared the classified information with the Russians.

The president claimed he was attempting to foster a partnership with Russia in order to defeat terrorism. He also suggested he has the right to share the information with anyone he deems, a point that is technically true: the president may declassify whatever information he deems necessary.

That portrayal of his disclosure, however, goes against reporting from the Washington Post, which stated that Trump had revealed the information as a way of boasting to the Russians about how much intelligence he does receive. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, a source told the Post.

And users across Twitter weren’t having it. They responded en masse to the president’s tweets, not buying his assurances that this was just a run-of-the-mill meeting between two adversaries sharing a common goal.

The “Twitterverse” wasn’t the only community outraged with Trump’s admission. Several members of the intelligence community also voiced their dissatisfaction with the president’s loose lips.

“The President, by revealing this to the Russians, has lost control of this information. It’s going to go to the Syrians, It’s going to go to the Iranians — Russian allies,” Bob Baer, a former CIA case officer, told CNN.

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