Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted Donald Trump over Washington Post bombshell that he shared highly-classified information with Russian diplomats, as “sending a troubling signal to our allies.”
McCain said, “The reports that the President shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials are deeply disturbing. Reports that this information was provided by a U.S. ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America’s allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future.”
“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.”
McCain is the third Republican senator to blast Trump for sharing classified information with Russian diplomats Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak (who is at the center of the Mike Flynn debacle) during a meeting in the Oval Office last week. Sen. Bob Corker (TN) said the White House is in a “downward spiral.”
Sen. Susan Collins (ME) also issued a statement saying, “The disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.”
“Although the President has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians. The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately,” Collins said.
Mr. President, this isn't about your "rights," but your responsibilities. You could jeopardize our sources, relationships and security. pic.twitter.com/QwnzI7Mdgv
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 16, 2017