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National Security Adviser McMaster: Trump’s Revelations to Russians ‘Wholly Appropriate’
by ALI VITALI and KEN DILANIAN
McMaster said the president shared the information in “context of the conversation” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, saying it was “wholly appropriate to that conversation” and “consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leader with whom he’s engaged.”
McMaster would not confirm if that information was classified.
“I was in the room, the Secretary of State was in the room, as you know, the deputy adviser for national security, Dina Powell, and none of us felt in any way that conversation was inappropriate,” McMaster said.
During those conversations, Trump also disclosed the city in ISIS-held Syria from which that intelligence emanated, McMaster confirmed. ...
Two U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News that many people inside the U.S. intelligence community dispute McMaster’s characterization that Trump’s sharing of sensitive terrorism intelligence with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador was “appropriate.”
Normally, when the U.S. government wants to share intelligence with Russia, there is an elaborate vetting process, current and former officials told NBC News. Sometimes the reports are marked “REL Russia,” for “releasable Russia.”