Schumer: ‘If the Report Is True,’ Trump Should Hand Over Transcript of WH Meeting

By Susan Jones | May 16, 2017 | 11:35 AM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

( – “If the report is true.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) used that phrase several times on the Senate floor Tuesday morning as he blasted President Trump’s “alleged carelessness with classified information.”

“What exactly was said?” Schumer asked. "I am calling on the White House to make the transcript of the meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and ambassador available to the congressional intelligence committees as soon as possible.

"The White House should make the transcript of the meeting available immediately to the congressional committees," he continued. "And if the president has nothing to hide, he should direct that the transcript of the meeting be made available.”

Schumer began his remarks by pointing to a Washington Post report that – Schumer said -- “points to stunning behavior on the part of the president.”

The Washington Post, quoting unnamed officials, said Trump "revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, potentially jeopardizing “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

According to the Post:

In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.

Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States learned only through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.

As reported, White House officials who were in the meeting, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, said the Washington Post report is not true.

“At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed,” McMaster said Monday night. “And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

White House officials told the Post that Trump had not discussed specific intelligence sources and methods, but nevertheless, the Russians would be able to figure it out, using the information he allegedly did reveal.