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Ex-WH Official: Trump Risked Security Breach With Russians in Oval Office

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This handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows President Donald Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 10, 2017. (Russian Foreign Ministry via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:15 PM

President Donald Trump risked a serious security breach by allowing members of the Russian media to snoop around the Oval Office on Wednesday, a former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden says.

Colin Kahl, who now teaches security studies at Georgetown University, said on Twitter:

The tweets came as Trump — hours after firing FBI director James Comey as he probed possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential race — hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

In another controversial move, Trump barred American journalists from covering the event but allowed the Russian media, including photographers, to be at the meeting. Photos of the event were published by the Russian news agency TASS.

Answering Kahl's Twitter blasts about whether it was wise to allow Russia such intimate access to the White House, David Cohen, a former CIA deputy chief and under secretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, replied with his own tweet:

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President Donald Trump risked a serious security breach by allowing members of the Russian media to snoop around the Oval Office on Wednesday, a former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden says.
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