“I sometimes get the impression that many U.S. media outlets work according to a principle which was common in the Soviet Union. Back then, people used to joke that the newspaper Pravda Truth] had no truth in it, and the Izvestia [News] paper has no news in it. I get the impression that many U.S. media operate in the same way.”
U.S. media were barred from Lavrov’s meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, but that didn’t stop WaPo from reporting that Trump allegedly shared classified information with Lavrov about the source of intelligence that inspired the U.S. to ban travelers from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa from storing laptops in carry-on luggage. The report added that the decision to share that information jeopardized the source in the process. Meanwhile, the NYT reported that Trump said he fired Comey because the FBI director was a “nut job” and that the decision had eased pressures from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Lavrov has denied that any classified information was shared during the meeting. Though it’s important to remember that, even if Trump did share classified intelligence, doing so wouldn’t be a violation of U.S. law.
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