McCain: Allegations Trump shared info with Russia ‘deeply disturbing’

McCain: Allegations Trump shared info with Russia 'deeply disturbing'
© Greg Nash

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that allegations President Trump shared highly classified information with top Russian officials are “deeply disturbing,” becoming the latest GOP lawmaker to raise concerns over the meeting.

“The reports that the President shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials are deeply disturbing,” McCain said in a statement.
McCain also knocked the president for not using last week’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to discuss areas where the United States and Moscow disagree.
“Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians was time he did not spend focusing on Russia’s aggressive behavior, including its interference in American and European elections, its illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, its other destabilizing activities across Europe, and the slaughter of innocent civilians and targeting of hospitals in Syria,” he said.

McCain has criticized Trump’s warmer stance toward Russia for months and backs imposing new sanctions against Moscow.

But he joins Republicans raising concerns in the wake of a Washington Post report alleging that Trump shared “code-word information” during the Oval Office meeting.
GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) said earlier Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to be briefed on the report.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) told MSNBC that “It’s not helpful that this was with the Russians, right? I mean this is just weird.”
The White House pushed back in the immediate wake of The Washington Post story, with national security advisor H.R. McMaster told reporters at the White House that “the story that came out tonight, as reported, is false.”
But Trump appeared to defend sharing information with Russian officials on Twitter saying he had an “absolute right” to discuss facts.

According to the Post, Trump revealed information related to threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that had been provided by a U.S. ally in the region.

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