Firestein Comments on Trump's Meeting with Russian FM
On May 15, 2017, Perot Fellow and Senior Vice President of Strategic Trust-Building and Track 2 Diplomacy David J. Firestein joined Voice of America's International Edition to discuss claims that President Donald Trump revealed classified information in a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House.
Firestein noted that although the focus of the media has been on whether the alleged breach of classified information is deleterious to U.S. interests, the media has not devoted as much energy in reporting on the source of the allegations and the means by which such information has come to light. As relatively few participants were present in the meeting, the anonymity of the source of this information continues to raise questions.
Firestein then commented on the difficulty in assessing the damage of a statement without knowing exactly what was said, and accordingly, more well-informed conclusions will be made with greater authority as further details and context become available.
Listen to his comments below, beginning around the 2:00 minute mark.