Without revealing any sources, Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe at the Washington Post levied heavy accusations at Donald Trump. The claim is that during a closed door meeting last week between the President and Russian leaders, secret information was discussed and handed over to the Kremlin.
According to the Post,
“President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”
However, almost immediately following the story being published, General H.R. McMaster made an appearance on the White House lawn. McMaster was one of Trump’s staff who was a part of the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In a brief statement McMaster told the press,
“At no time, at no time, were intelligent sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of the State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on the record accounts should outweigh anonymous sources. I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
It is now up to the Gregs of the Washington Post to either reveal their sources, or admit that the story is fluff. Perhaps they did have sources, but without being able to confirm the veracity of the claims, the story should not have been published the way it was. It is stories like this that do more damage to the credibility of main stream media than the Trump administration.
It wouldn’t be the first time since Trump’s election that the Post has published false stories. In January “journalists” claimed that Russia had hacked into the U.S. energy grid, a far cry from the truth.