H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, is denying today’s damning report from the Washington Post.
In a public statement delivered from the lawn of the White House, McMaster — who replaced disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — called the Washington Post’s reporting methods into question, insisting that the claims that Trump gave away classified intelligence sources were unfounded. McMaster also said that on-the-record accounts of top-level White House officials who were present during the meeting should outweigh the Post’s sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Here’s McMaster’s statement in full:
“There’s nothing the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of foreign threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. Two other officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remember it being the same way and have said so. The on-the-record accounts should outweigh those anonymous sources. And I was in the room, and it did not happen.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 15, 2017
The report alleges that while meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Trump divulged classified information regarding an intelligence source from a U.S. “partner” in the Middle East who was informing on ISIS activities. According to the Post, officials at the CIA and NSA had to make calls to ensure the stability of American diplomatic relations with the unidentified partner following Trump’s error.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.