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Warren says US intelligence secrets ‘are not gossip’

Elizabeth Warren.Steven Senne/Associated Press

Senator Elizabeth Warren admonished President Trump over his disclosures to Russian officials Tuesday, saying that intelligence secrets aren’t “gossip.”

“Now is the time to remind him our intelligence secrets are not gossip and his personal desire to impress his Russian buddies does not outweigh the safety, security, and lives of Americans and our allies,” Warren said.

Warren was reacting to news reports that accused President Trump of sharing highly classified information with Russian officials during their recent visit to the Oval Office.

She made the comments as part of a fiery speech blasting Trump’s administration at a conference for the left-wing Center for American Progress that featured a number of liberal speakers.


The White House has defended the disclosures as “wholly appropriate,” but a number of Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the president’s decision as highly damaging.

“Last week, he made it perfectly clear that he believes that he should be above the law,” Warren said, referring to Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey. “Now is the time to remind him that in this country no one is above the law, including the president of the United States,” she said, calling on attendees to hold Trump accountable.

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