Trump gave highly classified information to Russians

Posted May 16, 2017

Gardner have so far gone unreturned.

A national security adviser in the meeting, H.R. McMaster, said the president discussed threats to aviation from terrorist organizations. I was in the room.

The incident is said to have occurred when Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak into the Oval Office last week. The administration deflected any reason for alarm by maintaining that Trump discussed "a broad range of subjects" with the Russian officials. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", in a statement provided by Spicer.

According to the Post, Trump appeared to boast about the "great intel" he receives from his aides.

"There's nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people".

The White House has rebutted the story, saying no intelligence sources or methods were discussed. White House officials denied the story but refused to answer specific questions.

"It is all kind of shocking", a former senior US official, who is close to current administration officials, told the Washington Post.

"The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities". "And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known".

But a US official that had been briefed on the matter, in confirming the Post report to BuzzFeed News, said, "It's far worse than what has already been reported". "They have a singular combination of sophistication and hostility towards us, and especially in Syria".

That intelligence led the Trump administration to ban travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard planes. And when they say its classified, if it was public knowledge, then it could hurt the national security of the United States.

Senators mulled over the latest stunning news, first reported by The Washington Post, as they met inside the chamber.

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Some US officials have told Reuters they have been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump.

If the reports are true, "it's very damning, very damaging", Manchin said, adding that such disclosures "would be extremely risky and concerning to all". Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remembered the meeting the same way and said so.

"These reports, if true, are of the gravest possible concern". "I just can't comment on every news story so but's not a good thing".

Trump has the power to declassify anything, but sharing information without permission of the ally who provided it represents "a major breach of espionage etiquette, and could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship", according to the New York Times. The Post story does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered.

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

Speaking of irony, Trump's 2016 tweet quoted Comey-and doesn't look great in hindsight.

The visit was fraught with bad optics, and Kislyak's attendance - only confirmed by photos from Russian state media - was especially notable because he has been at the center of numerous Trump administration's controversies involving Russia.

No US media were allowed into the meeting.

A spokesman for Buck said the congressman was in a meeting.

Throughout the campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, over her mishandling of classified information on her private email server.

Comey had been overseeing investigations into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation to skew the 2016 election.