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Opp leader demands transcript of Trump-Lavrov meeting

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A top American opposition leader today demanded release of the transcripts of the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week.

The demand came from the Senate Minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer following a Post report that Trump shared sensitive classified information with the Russians.

"If the reporting is accurate, in one fell swoop the president could have unsettled our allies, emboldened our adversaries, endangered our military and intelligence officers the world over, and exposed our nation to greater risk," Schumer said in the Senate floor.

"Given the gravity of the matter, we need to be able to quickly assess whether or not this report is true and what exactly was said. So, I am calling on the to make the transcript of the meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador available to the congressional Intelligence Committees as soon as possible," Schumer said.

The should make the transcript of the meeting available immediately to the Congressional intelligence committees, the top Democratic leader said, adding that if the president has nothing to hide, he should direct that the transcript of the meeting be made available.

In a separate statement, top Republican Senator John McCain said such reports are "deeply disturbing."

"Reports that this information was provided by a US ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future," McCain said.

Schumer said until the administration provides the transcript; until the administration fully explains the facts of this case; the American people will rightly doubt if their president can handle the nation's most closely kept secrets.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 21:42 IST