President Donald Trump’s conversation with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister was “wholly appropriate” National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster told reporters Tuesday.
This after a Washington Post report broke Monday afternoon that accused the president of leaking classified information to the Russians that could compromise a key intelligence source.
“It’s wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people. That’s what he did,” McMaster said.
He went on to add that the president wasn’t even aware of where the information came from because he had not been briefed on the source.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer says when the president receives his daily security briefing he’s presented with outcomes and it’s not routine that he gets information on the sources behind it.
The president can also declassify or share any information he wants.
The real troubling issue, McMaster says, is the person or people who are leaking information from a high level meeting in the Oval Office.
During his meeting with the Russians, McMaster says Trump raised serious issues about Russia’s behavior in Ukraine and Syria and then moved on to common goals like fighting terrorism.
Spicer says the president will work with anyone who is willing to help America fight ISIS.