That bombshell news story about Trump leaking highly-classified information to the Russians?
It’s “fake news,” according to multiple sources who were in the room.
The Washington Post had reported last night that President Trump had shared classified information with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov last week—which came from a U.S. ally.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster unequivocally denied the story: “The story that came out tonight is false,” he told reporters.
‘At no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed,’ he added. ‘And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.’
McMaster elaborated on his denial, adding that “two other senior officials that were present, including the Secretary of State, remembered the meeting the same way and have said so. They’re on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources.”
“I was in the room,” he finished. “It didn’t happen.”
Russian sources also denied that they were given highly-classified information by the President—with Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, mocking the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” of the American mainstream media.
“Guys, have you been reading American newspapers again?” she wrote. “You shouldn’t read them. You can put them to various uses, but you shouldn’t read them. Lately it’s become not only harmful, but dangerous too.”