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Kildee: Trump’s “Reckless” Actions With Classified Intelligence Will “Make America Less Safe”

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives after it was reported that President Donald Trump revealed highly-classified information to Russian diplomats in a recent Oval Office meeting. In his speech, Congressman Kildee said President Trump’s actions were “reckless” and would “make America less safe.”

A video of Congressman Kildee’s full speech can be viewed here. A transcript of his remarks, as delivered, are below:

“In revealing classified information to the Russians, President Trump has compromised our ability to defend ourselves against ISIS, to gather intelligence against them, and he has jeopardized our relationships with allies across the globe.

“Make no mistake about it: the President’s actions were reckless, they’re indefensible, and they make America less safe.

“Republicans cannot stay silent. There are serious questions about the President’s carelessness, about his lack of judgement.

“Last July, the Speaker said that ‘individuals who are extremely careless with classified information should be denied further access to it.’

“Even the President’s own chief of staff said ‘those who mishandled classified info have had their security clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines and even been sent to prison.’

“I have to ask my colleagues: shouldn’t the President of the United States be held to that same standard?

“They say he can do what he wants, but that does make it smart? No! Does that make it right? No! Does that make us less safe? Absolutely.”