Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is willing to give Congress any records of President Donald Trump’s communications with Russia’s foreign minister, according to the Associated Press.
Putin, who called the widening scandal involving Trump allegedly sharing intelligence with Russia “political schizophrenia,” said he’d provide the records if the White House approves.
Putin spoke during the news conference with the visiting Italian Prime minister. He also joked that he would scold Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov because “he hasn’t shared those secrets with us.”
Trump came under heavy criticism early this week after the Washington Post reported that he discussed classified intelligence on ISIS with Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.
The White House denied the president inappropriately provided the Russians with secret information, but Trump on Tuesday defended sharing “facts” with the Russians, writing on Twitter that, “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
Lawmakers from both parties sought more detailed explanations on what Trump shared with Russia.
Putin, however, called U.S. politicians “stupid” and “dangerous and unscrupulous” and accused them of wanting to hurt the U.S. He did not name them.