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GOP Still Trusts Trump With Classified Intel After He Gave It To Russians

By in Huffington Post on May 17, 2017

By Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON ― A day after The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials, Republicans on Capitol Hill said they feel perfectly comfortable with the president’s ability to handle sensitive information.

“Heh, heh, heh. No,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday when asked if he was worried about Trump’s ability to protect classified information.

“Sure,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) when asked if he trusts the president with classified materials. “No reason not to.”

Trump reportedly shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the U.S. during an Oval Office meeting last week. CNN reported that Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information on ISIS bomb-making capabilities that Trump shared.

The White House disputes those reports, and Trump sent out his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, on Monday to tell reporters that he never discussed “sources or methods” of intelligence gathering with the Russian officials. But that’s not what the Post and others reported, which is that Trump shared the intelligence itself.

Most Republicans did not want to talk about the latest chaos emanating from the White House. Even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), every reporter’s favorite chatterbox, was short when asked about the potential fallout from the news.

Worried about U.S. allies not trusting us with intel? “Of course.”

Are you concerned about the president’s trip overseas? “No.”

Does it concern you that McMaster said Trump wasn’t even aware the information he shared was classified? “I take Gen. McMaster at his word.”

Some said they want more details on what exactly Trump shared with Russian officials before they pass judgment. They were clearly annoyed by Trump’s penchant for self-created crises and suggested White House officials hurry up and brief them on what happened.

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