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Following the fallout after Trump's reported disclosure to the Russians

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National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Last hour, President Trump’s national security adviser defended the president’s reported sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russian officials.

H. R. McMaster wouldn’t say whether the information was classified. The Washington Post first broke the story on Monday afternoon and several other outlets have picked up on the reporting since.

General McMaster said sharing it was “wholly appropriate” and based on “open source” reporting. He added that the real issue was the fact that someone within the intelligence community had leaked the report to the press in the first place. McMaster also disclosed the president didn’t know the source of the intelligence as he was citing it. Why not?  

Guests:

Mike Memoli, DC-based reporter covering the White House for the LA Times

Bryan Bender, defense editor for POLITICO Pro; he has been following the story

Hal Kempfer, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of KIPP knowledge and intelligence program professionals; he does terrorism and intelligence training; has worked in the intelligence community since 1987

Charles Kesler, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

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