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Bernie Sanders: Trump Doesn't Understand Being President

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:12 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on CNN on Tuesday that President Donald Trump misunderstands his job in light of his sharing classified intelligence with Russian officials.

The former presidential candidate was responding to a question from the audience during a debate with Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.

"Speaker Paul Ryan has been on record saying anyone who jeopardizes national security and classified information should have their security clearance removed immediately," Gina Walkington from Wisconsin asked, according to RealClearPolitics. "Should the same standard apply to the president as well?"

"I think for whatever reason Donald Trump doesn't fully understand what being president of the United States is about," Sanders replied.

He added Trump created a danger to national security by spreading classified information, all while keeping U.S. media out of the meeting.

"When you sit in a room – and by the way exclude American media and only have Russian people coming in – and then you tell Russians highly classified information that is endangering our security as a people, it may well be that some person somewhere will be killed as a result of what Trump did," Sanders said.

Sanders then criticized Trump for choosing to share this information with Russia, but not with the United States' closest allies.

"We need to share information with our allies," Sanders said. "All over the world now, our allies are saying, are they going: 'Should we provide information to the United States? Or are they simply going to release it and endanger our agents?'

"So, this is a big deal. And this president had better learn what it's like to be president and not share classified information with people who do not wish us well."

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