Gen. H.R. McMaster was "playing us for fools," CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said Monday night after McMaster denied the Washington Post story alleging that President Donald Trump divulged highly classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and ambassador, Mediaite reports.
McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, told reporters that the story was false.
"There is nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people," McMaster said. "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known."
Mudd said McMaster lost some credibility.
"There are two elements of intelligence: what you know and how we know it. What you know about threats to aircraft and who told you. What he told us today is that the president did not reveal sources and methods. Who told us? He said nothing about what the president said in terms of the actual threat. Don’t play us for fools," Mudd told Anderson Cooper.
"If the president revealed the actual threat without revealing the source of the threat, please tell us and don’t play us for idiots. General McMaster really lost some credibility today, he should have been honest with us, he was not."
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