Sen. Martin Heinrich's Twitter post.

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Democrats lash out at Trump over reports he shared ‘highly classified’ intel with Russia

After news broke that President Donald Trump reportedly shared 'highly classified' info with Russian officials, lawmakers were quick to criticize him.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on May 15, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 2:20 pm CDT

Shortly after news broke that President Donald Trump reportedly shared “highly classified” information with Russian officials during a White House meeting last week, Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the revelation—and some had pretty blunt reactions.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) went on a tweetstorm that could rival Trump’s on Monday evening, shooting of several messages that were highly critical of Trump’s apparent sharing of secret information pertaining to the Islamic State.

Heinrich’s series of tweets started fairly snarky.

But it got more biting from there, with a corresponding news article accompanying nearly every tweet.

The New Mexico senator followed up that Trump “continues to display a disturbing pattern of recklessness,” adding that the pattern included “Letting [former National Security Adviser Micahel Flynn] have access to classified information for weeks after being told Flynn was compromised by the Russians.”

Flynn resigned after the Washington Post revealed he’d been untruthful with Vice President Mike Pence regarding his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who was also present for the meeting with Trump.

Heinrich also tweeted about the president discussing North Korea’s missile launch at Mar-a-Lago, claiming the CIA was “hacked,” and allowing Russia’s state-run media into the Oval Office with cameras and electronic equipment.

Heinrich ended the tweetstorm with a meme-worthy tweet:

Heinrich was not, of course, the only senator commenting on Trump’s apparent sharing of classified information.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called Trump’s sharing of classified information “a slap in the face to the intel community.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) pointed out what a lot people are probably thinking.

Former vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine called the news “unsurprising.”

Sen. Ron Wyden said the news was of the “gravest possible concern.”

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-M.D.) called Trump’s actions “very dangerous,” and followed up by commenting “Well…” above a tweet from Trump asking for the FBI to start looking into the leaking of classified information.

Similarly, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked for Republicans to “put country before party” in light of the breaking news.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also weighed in, saying Trump is “failing” at protecting national security.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also seemed to think national security was at risk.

As for Republicans, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) didn’t post anything specific on Twitter, but did re-tweet several reports of him reacting to the news.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared to be less alarmed, at least initially.

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*First Published: May 15, 2017, 6:23 pm CDT