Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez declared Tuesday that President Donald Trump is "our nation's greatest security threat."
Referring to reports that the president divulged classified information to Russian officials and that the leaked information came from Israeli sources, Perez said in a statement from the DNC that the Republican president's actions "directly jeopardize our relationship with Israel and pose a security threat to our national security and risk lives, including those of our troops abroad.
“It is chilling to think that one of our nation’s greatest security threats is coming from inside the Oval Office," Perez said.
Perez cited Trump's tweets Tuesday morning in which the president admitted that he shared with Russian officials "facts" related to the international fight against the Islamic State.
"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism," Trump tweeted.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1494932616.0
...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1494933180.0
The Washington Post reported Monday that the highly classified information Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was obtained from a U.S. intelligence partner and shared without permission. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of the information.
White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster defended the president's actions Tuesday during a press briefing. McMaster told reporters that Trump "wasn't even aware" of where the information came from.
“He wasn’t briefed on the source and method of information,” McMaster said.
(H/T: The Hill)