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McMaster pivots blame from Trump to White House leakers

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that the "premise" of The Washington Post's report about President Trump sharing highly classified intelligence with Russian officials last week is "false."

McMaster argued that it is untrue that the president "in any way ... had a conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse of national security." McMaster said that national security had instead been put at risk by people "violating confidentiality."

On Monday, McMaster had also called the report "false" but additionally claimed, "I was in the room. It didn't happen." On Tuesday, President Trump confirmed The Washington Post's report by defending his decision to divulge information to the Russians. Watch McMaster below. Jeva Lange