Donald Trump Defends Himself Over Reports He Shared Classified Information With Russia

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On Twitter, president says he had ‘absolute right’ to share terrorism facts, cites ‘humanitarian reasons’

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National Security Adviser Denies Trump Gave Russians Secrets
In a brief statement to reporters, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster responded to a Washington Post article that claims President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office last week. Photo: AP

Updated May 16, 2017 10:58 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to defend himself over reports he shared counterterrorism intelligence obtained from a U.S. ally at an Oval Office meeting with senior Russian officials last week.

“I have the absolute right” as president to share “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, before offering an explanation for why: “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia…

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