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    Default Trump Responds To WaPo Story: "I Had Absolute Right To Share Facts With Russia"

    Trump Responds To WaPo Story: "I Had Absolute Right To Share Facts With Russia"

    by Tyler Durden
    May 16, 2017 7:24 AM


    In the aftermath of the WaPo story accusing Trump of improperly sharing highly confidential information with Russia's foreign minister Peskov during their meeting one week ago (and one day after the firing of James Comey), Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend his Russia comments amid mounting criticism he may either have broken the law or acted inappropriately in divulging secret information.

    In two tweets, Trump said "As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

    As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017

    ...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017

    According to the WaPo and other media, all citing unnamed sources, Trump allegedly revealed “code-word information” related to threats from ISIS in Iraq and Syria that had been provided by a U.S. ally in the region, supposedly Israel. One official told The Post that the information was so sensitive it had not been provided to U.S. allies.

    On Monday afternoon, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster defended Trump's disclosure saying "There is nothing that the President takes more seriously than the security of the American people" and added that "the story that came out tonight as reported is false. The president the foreign minister reviewed a range of common 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 senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remembered the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources."

    Russia also reacted this morning, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling that “we don’t want anything to do with this nonsense,” in response to question on report that U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed sensitive classified information at White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    It is doubtful either of these denials will mute the rising chorus amid the press and Democrats demanding an official hearing, as well as full disclosure of what was said and whether Trump broke laws when speaking to the Russians.

    Meanwhile, the infamously fired former acting AG Sally Yates raised the stakes on Tuesday morning when discussing the Trump story, she told CNN "There's certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct"...

    Yates on CNN suggests Flynn broke law: "There's certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct."https://t.co/fOeJv68RGd
    — Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 16, 2017

    ... potentially laying the ground for future impeachment proceedings.


    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...e-facts-russia
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    Note the pattern --


    WHITE HOUSE: Not a ban
    TRUMP: It's a ban

    WHITE HOUSE: Not fired because of Russia
    TRUMP: Fired because of Russia

    WHITE HOUSE: Didn't leak info
    TRUMP: I leaked info

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    Yes, I see a pattern. Trump tells THE TRUTH.

    What a concept, certainly foreign, (and scary), to DC swamp dwellers.
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    The mainstream media is like an insane, rabid hunting dog furiously chasing its own tail. The establishment politicians mindlessly cheer the dog on, sure this endless circular run will in the end with meat on the table. The prey they seek stands just feet away enjoying the show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseWolf View Post
    Yes, I see a pattern. Trump tells THE TRUTH.

    What a concept, certainly foreign, (and scary), to DC swamp dwellers.
    Something to keep in mind -- there are no carryovers from the Obama White House in the West Wing. As is the custom, all WW staff, even secretaries, departed by January 20. (This came as a surprise to Trump, who did not realize that the WW did not come with a professional staff.) In other words, when Trump has contradicted the White House on these occasions, he is contradicting, and embarrassing, people whom he has hired since January 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodwitToo View Post
    WHITE HOUSE: Didn't leak info
    TRUMP: I leaked info
    Where did he say he leaked info?
    "See, in the last few years...we've stumbled... And when you stumble a lot, you...you start looking at your feet. We have to make people...lift their eyes back to the horizon and see the line of ancestors behind us saying, 'Make my life have meaning.' And to our inheritors before us saying, 'Create the world we will live in.' I mean, we're not just holding jobs and having dinner. We are in the process of building the future."

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    Only Godwit could be so blatantly dishonest as to make me defend Trump, but truth is more important than what I think about Trump in general.

    Listen up Dimwit: Trump hasn't "confirmed" that he "leaked" anything. He has only "admitted" to discussing with the Russian subjects for which details were already in the public domain. In other words, declassified material.

    Anonymous sources from the West Wing or any other paper or publication don't override the unequivocal denials by Tillerson, McMaster and others who were in the meeting in question.

    Trump is such an easy target. It's unfathomable why you'd have to rely on anonymous liars to make a case against him. But then, the user-name "GodwitToo" is an anonymous liar also, so there is that.

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    National security experts: Trump's sharing classified info with Russia 'may breach his oath of office'


    The Post reported on Monday night that Trump's disclosures to
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei
    Kislyak "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the
    Islamic State" and "had been provided by a US partner through an
    intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that
    details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted
    even within the US government."

    Many have noted that Trump, as president, is legally allowed to
    essentially disclose classified information to whomever he wants.
    But the fact that the information he shared was not a US secret,
    but that of an American ally, may complicate his authority to
    declassify information at will. Matthew Rosenberg of The New York
    Times told CNN on Monday that the intel came from a close "Middle
    Eastern ally."



    http://www.businessinsider.com/natio...ed-info-2017-5

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    Bombshell: Initial Thoughts on the Washington Post’s Game-Changing Story

    The Washington Post this afternoon published a stunning story
    reporting that President Trump disclosed highly-classified information
    to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
    during their visit to the Oval Office last week.

    According to the Post,

    In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting
    about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I
    have people brief me on great intel every day,” Trump said, according to
    an official with knowledge of the exchange.

    Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States
    only learned through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He
    did not reveal the specific intelligence gathering method, but described
    how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how
    much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most
    alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic
    State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the
    threat.

    The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the
    name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing
    them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.

    http://lawfareblog.com/bombshell-ini...changing-story

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodwitToo View Post
    National security experts: Trump's sharing classified info with Russia 'may breach his oath of office'


    The Post reported on Monday night that Trump's disclosures to
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei
    Kislyak "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the
    Islamic State" and "had been provided by a US partner through an
    intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that
    details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted
    even within the US government."

    Many have noted that Trump, as president, is legally allowed to
    essentially disclose classified information to whomever he wants.
    But the fact that the information he shared was not a US secret,
    but that of an American ally, may complicate his authority to
    declassify information at will. Matthew Rosenberg of The New York
    Times told CNN on Monday that the intel came from a close "Middle
    Eastern ally."



    http://www.businessinsider.com/natio...ed-info-2017-5
    You duplicitous slime.

    The narrative is: The WaPo reported a story that the NYT told CNN and now Business Insider reports unconfirmed information from unnamed sources that President Trump released classified information to Russia. They think it's classified, but don't really know. But because they want it to be classified, they're just running with that particular fabrication. They also fabricate some sort of violation on Trump's part that really doesn't exist, because it furthers the "Trump's an enemy agent" meme they have been aching so long to make stick. Reality be damned.

    Go play in traffic, you bloody troll.
    "See, in the last few years...we've stumbled... And when you stumble a lot, you...you start looking at your feet. We have to make people...lift their eyes back to the horizon and see the line of ancestors behind us saying, 'Make my life have meaning.' And to our inheritors before us saying, 'Create the world we will live in.' I mean, we're not just holding jobs and having dinner. We are in the process of building the future."

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