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‘The White House is playing word games’: WaPo reporter slams McMasters’ denial of Trump intel disclosure to Russians

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During an emergency press conference, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, a sitting member of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, said the Washington Post report claiming the president revealed classified intel to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week is fake news.

The Post‘s Greg Miller, who co-wrote the breaking story, said “the White House is playing word games” immediately following the conference, and that McMaster twisted what he reported.

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“The story that came out tonight as reported, is false,” McMaster said on the White House lawn.

He went on to reiterate his statements to the Post, which claim that the president “did not disclose any military operations” that weren’t already known to the Russian officials.

McMaster also said that sources speaking on the record should “outweigh” anonymous sources like those that spoke to the Post.

“I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” McMaster said before ending the press conference.

Following McMaster’s statement, Post reporter Scott Wilson noted on Twitter that the national security advisor “had the opportunity to call the story “false” before we published it,” but chose not to.

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Watch footage of McMaster’s press conference below, via Twitter.

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Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection

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Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.

Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.

"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."

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President Ronald Reagan, in the 1980s, famously asserted that someone who agreed with him 70% of the time was a 70% ally and not a 30% enemy. But President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is furious if someone disagrees with him even on rare occasions. Author Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote or ghost-wrote Trump’s famous 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” analyzes Trump’s mentality in a May 28 article for Medium — stressing that the president is motivated, above all else, by a “need to dominate.”

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Bill Barr and the White House plan to collect information on social media users when Trump signs Executive Order: reports

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A draft of President Donald Trump's social media executive order shows it would create disturbing structures that could allow the President of the United States to personally target social media companies he feels are taking action against his supporters, enable his supporters to report that action directly to the White House, and empower the Attorney General of the United States to collect publicly available "watch-lists" of social media users that monitor not only their online activities but their offline activities as well.

The draft is not final, but both the speed with which it will be signed and reports show it likely has not gone through interagency review, as CNN's Brian Fung, who calls it "hastily conceived," notes.

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