President Donald Trump boldly admitted on Tuesday to having revealed “highly classified” information while meeting with Russian officials last week in a White House meeting. , contradicting his administration’s earlier attempts to deny the story.
Trump’s admittance of these actions further contradicts his administration’s earlier attempts to deny the story.
Early Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter where he proclaimed that he has “the absolute right” to share any information he wants:
Trump’s tweets come after Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State” with disclosures to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office. The Post said it wasn’t reporting what the president told the Russians, “at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”
The president also indicated he’s eager to determine who gave information to reporters.
Trump’s latest allegations come amid intense scrutiny over the president’s ties to the Russian government.
The day before his meeting with the Russians, Trump had just fired FBI Director James Comey, whose agency had been investigating whether the president’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.
The White House also faced criticism for allowing a photographer for a Russian state news agency to cover the Oval Office meeting, while members of the American press were barred.