Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that U.S. President Donald Trump did not pass classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he can prove it.
Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Putin quipped that Lavrov had not passed what he said were the “non-existent secrets” onto him either.
The fact is, the whole episode was simply created out of thin air by the lying mainstream media, determined to create a new scandal and convince the American public that President Trump is a liability – or worse, a covert Russian ally.
Putin said he can prove the media created the fake news out of nothing and with malicious intent.
According to Putin, Russia is ready and willing to hand a transcript of Trump’s meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that will help reassure them that President Trump has done nothing wrong, and is the victim of a vicious and concerted smear campaign by the lying mainstream media.
The U.S. media, led by the Washington Post, CNN and the New York Times, said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Lavrov about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another media-orchestrated controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office.
According to Putin the “scoop” is “demonstrably fake news” designed to hobble and eventually topple a democratically elected leader. The reports cite “anonymous sources” and fail to provide any evidence of what they claim.
On Wednesday, Putin denied that Lavrov had shared any intelligence with him or with Russia’s secret service, instead declaring that a “political schizophrenia” spread by dishonest mainstream media had gripped the United States and that it was “eliciting concern” in Russia.
“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 told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Putin added, “It will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”
Russian Foreign Ministry officials also told the Interfax news agency Tuesday that reports claiming Trump shared classified information were “fake.”
Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the ministry, also rejected the claims in a Facebook post.
“Guys, have you been reading the American newspapers again?” she wrote, calling the Washington Post’s reporting — since confirmed by several other outlets — “yet another fake.” She suggested U.S. newspapers could be put to various uses, but shouldn’t be read.
“Lately it’s become not only harmful, but dangerous, too.”
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