In contrary of apparent bemusement over what he termed American “political schizophrenia,” Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that he’ll reveal with Congress a written transcript of President Donald Trump’s now-controversial meeting with Russian officials earlier this month.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that last week on the White House meeting, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, Trump reveled highly classified information about ISIS plans to attack commercial jets. The White House denied this allegation, national security adviser H.R. McMaster has stated that the story is incorrect.
During his interview with the reports Putin made a joke about the idea that secrets were exchanged, on Wednesday.
“I spoke to him (Lavrov) today,” said Putin. “I’ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia’s intelligence services. It was very bad of him.”
Putin said Lavrov’s meeting with Trump was rated “highly,” and Russia will give the U.S. a meeting transcript.
“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin said, adding, “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”
“We are prepared to go there and explain our point of view to Congress if necessary,” he continued.
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov stated that Russia has a written transcript, but no audio recording.
Putin said “political schizophrenia” has pervaded Washington, interfering with Trump’s ability to function as president.
“It’s hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next,” said Putin.
“What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans,” he said. “Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”
Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., the Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, declined Putin’s offer.
“Probably the last person the person (Trump) needs to vouch for him right now is Vladimir Putin,” he said on the CBS show This Morning. “Sure, send it our way. But its credibility would be less than zero.”
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