Shannon Vavra May 16, 2017
Timeline: WH response to report Trump revealed classified info
- 5:01PM: The Washington Post reports Trump revealed highly classified info to Russian officials last week.
- 6:28PM: Triple statement issued from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell includes broad denials but doesn't challenge report's claims that Trump discussed classified information from a sensitive source.
- 7:10PM: McMaster briefs reporters, reading from his previously issued statement and calling the Post's report "false." He denies that Trump revealed methods and sources, which is not what the report claimed, and takes no questions.
- 7:24PM: Chief strategist Steve Bannon and top communications officials Mike Dubke, Sarah Sanders, and Sean Spicer walk into cabinet room, per reporters on Twitter who then hear yelling from the meeting.
- 7:35PM: Sanders pops into the press room to say there will be no more statements coming from the White House tonight.