The latest crisis that President Trump and his administration are facing was met head on by the “A” team. Both Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, have made statements about the Washington Post article that Trump shared “classified” information with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting.
McMaster said late Monday that the Post story about the president revealing the highly classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister is false, and no intelligence sources or methods were discussed. The statement, made in front of the White House, countered the Washington Post article that claimed the president “jeopardized” the source of counterterrorism intelligence and put future cooperation with an ally who has access to “inner workings of the Islamic State” at risk.
McMaster said, “The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. The president and 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.”
The information shared in the Oval Office meeting concerning “threats to civil aviation” most likely is about the ban on laptop computers on flights from the Middle East. This prohibition is reportedly going to expand to all flights from Europe. The Washington Post said that its sources were “current and former U.S. officials.” McMaster challenged the sources by telling the reporters, “Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way [I do] and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources.” The National Security Advisor added with authority, “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
This story is clearly significant because the White House sent their top officials to the press with statements. Do you believe McMaster’s account? Is the press using this to reinforce their storyline of Trump administration collusion with Russia?