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BREAKING: Trump told 2 senior Russian officials in 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the US election because the Us did the same in other countries h/t ⁦@cakes_silvawashingtonpost.com/national-secur…
an assertion that prompted alarmed White House officials to limit access to the remarks to an unusually small number of people, according to three former officials with knowledge of the matter.
The comments, which have not been previously reported, were part of a now-infamous meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian ambassador Kislyak, in which Trump revealed highly classified information that exposed a source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
A memorandum summarizing the meeting was limited to all but a few officials with the highest security clearances in an attempt to keep the president’s comments from being disclosed publicly
It is not clear if a memo documenting the May 10, 2017, meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak was placed into that system, but the three former officials said it was restricted to a very small number of people.
WH officials were particularly distressed by Trump’s election remarks because it appeared president was forgiving Russia for an attack that had been designed to help elect him, 3 former officials said. Trump also seemed to invite Russia to interfere in other countries’ elections.
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