Trump shared secret info with Russians about IS

Trevor Jackson
May 16, 2017

The Washington Post reported on Monday that current and former U.S. officials revealed Trump's disclosure of classified information risked a crucial source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

One of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his meeting with Lavrov was classified "Top Secret" and held in a secure "compartment" to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access. Gardner have so far gone unreturned.

The White House's botched handling of Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation probe, and the president's own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the USA leader's standing.

"I was in the room", McMaster said. The information Trump relayed, officials said, had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said.

"During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations", Mr Tillerson said.

A Washington Post correspondent stood by his story Monday evening as the White House tried to declare it "false". "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", in a statement provided by Spicer.

The Washington Post said Trump offered details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

"I get great intel. The President owes the intelligence community, the American people, and Congress a full explanation".

A former intelligence officer called the report - and White House response "infuriating".

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After Trump disclosed the information, which one of the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency, both of which have agreements with a number of allied intelligence services around the world, and informed them what had happened. The Washington Post opted to not name its sources. "And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known".

The Post story - which was later confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed News - does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered. United States intelligence suggested that terrorists had obtained sophisticated airport security equipment that allowed them to test how to effectively hide explosives in electronic devices, CNN reported at the time.

While details of the intelligence remain largely unknown, it centers around an IS plot. And when they say its classified, if it was public knowledge, then it could hurt the national security of the United States.

Officials told CNN that the ban came about following the collection of intercepted material and "human intelligence". The United States and Russian Federation both regard the Islamic State as an enemy.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said it would be "very, very problematic" if true. Sen.

Corker said Monday of the administration, "Obviously they're in a downward spiral right now and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening".

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", Schumer said. The president has the power to declassify virtually any secret...

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be unsafe enough", Pelosi said.

Last week, Trump threw his administration into turmoil by taking the virtually unprecedented step of firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The meeting, a personal request from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who asked that they meet when he spoke with Trump, earlier this month, was supposed to remain behind closed doors without any media coverage.

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