Everyone at the Trump-Russia Meeting say that Trump Did Nothing Wrong

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Everyone. And I mean, EVERYONE, who attended the now notorious meeting between President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say that President Trump did not reveal any classified material to the Russians.

The President didn’t help matters when he took to Twitter early this morning to defend anything he might have said in that meeting.

Nothing the President said in his tweets this morning was wrong our out of place, but they did seem to lend credence to the WaPo story that he released classified intel to the Russians. However, his comments do not admit releasing classified intel, but only that he spoke openly with the Russians about certain terrorist threats.

Yesterday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster both released statements debunking the Washington Post story that said the President had revealed classified intel. They also said basically the same thing that the President did this morning. The President and the Russian representatives had an open conversation about the terrorist threats that both our nations face, but that the President at no time revealed any problematic intel that could put our agents or the agents of our allies at risk.

Today the Russians also spoke up to confirm that the WaPo had gotten the story wrong.

From the Hill:

Russia is pushing back against reports that President Trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to Russian officials during a White House meeting.

On Facebook, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, referred to the reports as “yet another fake,” The Associated Press reported.

The media has also spent the last half-day parsing the statements made by Tillerson and McMaster searching for loopholes in their comments and claiming that both men used weasel words to deny the WaPo story without actually contradicting their reporting.

However, on Tuesday, McMaster made another statement, this time flatly denying the WaPo  story.

“I stand by my statement that I made yesterday. And what I’m saying is the premise of that article is false that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security.

McMaster also spoke to the attempts from the media to use his original statement against the President.

After the report surfaced Monday, McMaster told reporters: “During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”

The story, however, didn’t say Trump discussed those three things with the Russians.

Asked Tuesday why he denied something that wasn’t in the report, McMaster said the Washington Post drew some links that weren’t there. “The story combined what was leaked with other information and then insinuated about sources and methods, so I wanted to make clear to everybody that the president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation,” McMaster said.

There you have it.

Either everyone in the room is lying about what took place between the President and the Russians…. OR… in their rush to attack and undermine the President WaPo got the story wrong.

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