National security adviser H.R. McMaster has found himself in an "impossible situation," according to a retired Army lieutenant colonel who attended West Point with McMaster.
President Donald Trump's admission that he shared classified intelligence with Russian officials prompted McMaster to defend his decision as "wholly appropriate" on Tuesday.
"In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged," he said, according to The Washington Post. "It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people. That's what he did."
"[McMaster] is a man of extraordinary integrity and honor and he's got a president who has clearly done damage to the United States and to our relationships with our allies around the globe by revealing this information," retired Army Lt. Colonel John Nagl, who worked with McMaster in the Middle East, told NPR. "He's walking a very fine line around the truth, parsing his words very carefully when he makes statements defending what the president said."
He added, "I think he's not answering the question that he is asked, and I think that he is doing so knowing ... that he is not telling the whole truth, while being careful that he is not telling lies."
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