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Joe Manchin Calls for Tapes of Trump's Russia Meeting

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:57 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin Tuesday called for tapes or transcripts of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian officials in the White House last week.

"If there's a tape, or a transcript, we want to see it," the West Virginia Democrat, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "I'm very much concerned about people and our allies.

"Our intelligence community might be put at risk."

Trump said Tuesday that "I have the absolute right" to share the information, on an Islamic State terrorist plot involving laptops and airplanes, with Moscow.

He had met last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster later told reporters that the information shared was "wholly appropriate to the conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged."

Manchin told Tapper that news reports about Trump's disclosure was "deeply troubling."

We have the most intricate professional intelligence-gathering community in the world," he said. "The United States of America.

"We have allies around the world that depend on us as we depend on them.

"There's been a trust factor there for many, many years in place that's kept our country safe, even with the things that have happened.

"We have been kept with the biggest target on our back in the Western world fairly safe.

"Is that all going to be for naught now if they don't think they can share this information or won't do the job because they think it makes them vulnerable?" Manchin asked.

"That's why it's so troubling to me that people in relationships and people's lives could be in jeopardy."

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