Russia President, Vladimir Putin, said that President Trump did not divulge any secrets during a meeting with Russian officials in Washington, Reuters reports.
Putin even offered to prove his claims by supplying Congress with a transcript. On Monday, two U.S. officials accused Trump of disclosing classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week.
Since Trump assumed presidency in the Oval Office four months ago, his administration has continuously been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House. The president has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed both U.S. and foreign politicians.
Putin sarcastically expressed that he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets was absurd.
“I’ll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us,” Putin said at at news conference on Wednesday. “Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia’s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.”
Putin hopes Moscow can repair strained ties with the U.S. despite the deepening political scandal in the country surrounding Trump’s purported ties to Russia. He said Moscow rated Trump’s meeting with Lavrov highly.
“I wouldn’t put much credibility into whatever Putin’s notes are,” U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio told Fox News. “And if it comes in an email, I wouldn’t click on the attachment.”
Representative Adam Schiff referred to Putin’s offer as “quite amusing.”
“The last person Trump needs to vouch for him right now is Vladimir Putin,” Schiff said during an interview with CBS News. “If they want to send something, you know, hats off. Send it our way… It’s credibility would be less than zero.”
Russia has consistently stuck by its claims that Trump’s opponents are attempting to damage him and Moscow with what it says are false accusations.
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