From Mother Jones:
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at a press briefing this morning: President Trump didn’t reveal anything wrong to the Russians. “It was wholly appropriate to that conversation.”
Attention! Clean up in the Oval Office!
So there you have it. McMaster refuses to say if the information Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister was classified; whether it came from a foreign partner; whether it had been shared with anyone else; whether it referred to a specific city; whether his own office was in touch this morning with the NSA and CIA about this; or whether anyone has spoken with the foreign partner about what happened. He’ll say only that it was “appropriate” over and over and over.
From THE DAILY BEAST:
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has long been considered one of the best generals of his generation—a scholar-soldier with a reputation for speaking truth to power.
All of which made the National Security Adviser’s appearance Tuesday in the White House briefing room extra bizarre. Over the course of 17 muddled minutes, he all-but-admitted that President Donald Trump shared classified information with representatives of the Russian government. Then he claimed that the media was jeopardizing national security by reporting on the disclosure of such sensitive information. Then McMaster said some of the information actually wasn’t so sensitive—in fact, you could read about it in the press. It all climaxed with McMaster insisting that Trump didn’t know where this classified information came from (according to The New York Times, it was Israeli intelligence), but was totally justified in giving it to the Russians, anyway. In the process, the general—who literally wrote the book about standing up to presidential authority—was forced to play press flack for an administration reluctant to share key details. Sean Spicer, with less hair.
It’s a situation that White House staff and senior aides will often concede is a disaster of the president’s own fumbling creation.
“At this point I’m wondering if we’ll ever be able to stop talking about Russia,” a White House staffer vented to The Daily Beast on Monday. “It’s totally self-inflicted.”
McMaster has been widely touted as one of the “adults in the room” who could help curb some of the worst impulses of a uniquely dysfunctional and new administration. […] McMaster was supposed to be a major departure from the disastrous and brief tenure of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and was supposed to serve as a colder-headed check on the 45th president’s impulses. But by Tuesday morning, the general was playing clean-up—a full-time job for Trump’s White House team that has left aides exhausted and literally face-palming.