President Donald Trump told two senior Russian officials during an infamous 2017 Oval Office meeting that he wasn’t bothered by Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
Trump reportedly told Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak that he wasn’t concerned about the matter because the US did similar things in other countries.
Trump’s comments alarmed White House officials so much that they limited access to a memo of the meeting to a small circle of aides who had top-secret clearance, The Post reported, citing three former officials. This action was said to have been taken in order to prevent Trump’s comments from being disclosed to the public.
The revelation adds yet another layer to the list of controversial comments the US president made during the pivotal meeting.
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