GOP senator: ‘Not helpful’ that Trump shared info with Russians

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Tuesday said it's "not helpful" that President Trump shared information with top Russian officials, calling the move "weird."

"It's not helpful that this was with the Russians, right? I mean, this is just weird. We and the Russians do not have aligned interests," Sasse told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"They want to exacerbate our internal distrust of each other; they want to fracture NATO."


Sasse said Russian President Vladimir Putin is an "enemy of the freedom of speech, religion, press and assembly," which he called the "beating heart of what American means."

"Again, there's technical stuff that happened in this meeting that we don't really yet know about," he said.

"But one of the basic duties of someone who's in a public office and has a public trust responsibility should be to be celebrating what America is about and to be telling that story."

Now, Washington isn't doing that, Sasse said.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador while meeting with them last week.

Trump reportedly revealed “code-word information” related to threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that had been provided by a U.S. ally.

One U.S. official told the newspaper that the information was so sensitive it had not been provided to U.S. allies.

The White House on Monday evening pushed back on the reports. Speaking outside the White House, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said, "The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false."

But Trump appeared to acknowledge at least some of the report in a Tuesday tweet, writing that he has an "absolute right" to share facts with Russia.