Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t share classified information with Russian officials last week—as was heavily reported on in the press.
Putin indicated that he will give transcripts of talks between Trump and Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador—if the White House is okay with it, The Associated Press and Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that Trump detailed classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting. Trump’s advisors have denied the charge.
“At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren’t already publicly known,” Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Monday night, per CNN.
“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.”
“I’ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us,” Putin joked. “Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia’s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.”
Putin pilloried the American press, saying there was “no other explanation” for the Post’s allegations other than “political schizophrenia.”
“Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt,” he noted, per The Hill.
Some legislators in the United States are making “stupid” and “dangerous” anti-Russian statements, Putin continued.
Trump met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov one day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
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