Putin Says He Will Hand Over Records Of Oval Office Meeting


On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin offered to help settle the controversy over claims President Trump shared classified information with Russian diplomats.

The Russian president dismissed the claim that Trump disclosed national security details to Kremlin officials and offered to hand over records of the Oval Office meeting to Congress.

Speaking during a joint news conference with the Italian prime minister, Putin said the reporters attacking Trump for allegedly being too friendly with Russian politicians were guilty of “political schizophrenia.”

Putin said that if the White House agreed, he would share his records of the meeting Trump had last week with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In jest, Putin said he would have to punish Lavrov since the alleged intelligence was never passed along to him.

“He hasn’t shared those secrets with us,” Putin said.

The White House has adamantly defended Trump’s conversations in that Oval Office meeting, saying what he discussed was “wholly appropriate.”

“It was nothing that you would not know from open-source reporting,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

Trump, in a series of Tuesday morning tweets, also defended the information he chose to share in the meeting.

“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump said.

But reports claim Trump detailed a portion of the intelligence that could have allowed Russia to determine the sources and methods used to gather the information. Because of Russia’s close relationship with Syria and Iran, sharing intelligence information with the country is especially difficult.

Putin also commented on the alleged interference in the U.S. election saying he initially found the claim “funny,” but said Moscow is now “concerned because it’s hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next.”

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