Europeans Contemplate Cutting U.S. Out Of Intel Loop Until Trump Is Gone (DETAILS)


Yesterday, it was revealed that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials — including Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak — without having permission to do so. Today, European officials have begun to express their concerns about the President’s reckless behavior.

First, in a statement to the Associated Press, a senior German lawmaker called the situation, if it turns out to be true, “highly worrying.”

The lawmaker, Burkhard Lischka, also pointed out that Trump has access to “exclusive and highly sensitive information including in the area of combating terrorism” and said that if he “passes this information to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world.”

Later on Tuesday morning, an unnamed senior European intelligence official said that his country might stop sharing information with the U.S. altogether if the President can’t keep his mouth shut. The official explained that, if Trump continues to share classified information, his actions “could be a risk for our sources.”

Members of the Trump administration have already spoken out in defense of the President, saying that the story about him leaking classified information is “false.” Trump’s National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, explained the following in a statement on Monday.

‘The president of 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 intelligent sources or methods discussed. 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 the state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Going on the record should outweigh the anonymous sources. I was in the room. It didn’t happen.’

Trump himself, of course, has also taken to Twitter to defend his behavior. Early Tuesday morning, Trump argued in a series of tweets that, as President of the United States, he has an “absolute right” to share the information he did.

‘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.’

Trump may feel justified in his actions, but the rest of the world is still, understandably, unsure.

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