Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

Kristopher Drake
May 16, 2017

Within minutes after the Washington Post first reported that President Donald Trump revealed secret information to Russian officials during an Oval Office visit last week, Democratic senators are calling Trump's actions "irresponsible" and "shocking".

"Congress must be given a full briefing on the extent of the damage President Trump has done in compromising highly classified code-word intelligence to the Russians", the California Democrat said. The newspaper said the information came from a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement so sensitive the details have been withheld from USA allies and agencies within the USA government.

The information was said to have been provided by a US partner through an intelligence sharing arrangement that contained information so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted within the USA government.

Sen. James Risch, an Idaho Republican, defended Trump on the story, telling reporters: "The minute the President speaks about it to someone, he has the ability to declassify anything at any time without any process".

"I sincerely hope that he did not revealed secret information to the Russians that might violate our global agreements and make it harder for us to get good intelligence about ISIS and other threats in the future".

Trump discussed a possible terror threat with Lavrov, going so far as to identify the city in which it was being planned by the Islamic State. By doing so, Trump would have jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group, and make other allies - or even USA intelligence officials - wary about sharing future top secret details with the president.

Several senators said they did not know the details of the Post report, but called the news troubling nonetheless. Only TASS, Russia's official news agency, was allowed in to photograph the meeting; no US media were allowed.

"I was in the room, and it didn't happen", McMaster said at the end of his abrupt statement.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said no intelligence sources or methods were discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly. The report notes that Trump disclosed the information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U. He said that during that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.

"If true, it is another indication that you can not possibly control this guy", Wayne White, who worked at the State Department under former President George W. Bush, told Politico.

"The shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place and there are good, productive things that are under way through them and through others", Corker said. Western allies, including Britain and Germany, have also been wary of Trump's warmness toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was kicked out of the summit of leading economic powers after Moscow's annexation of territory from Ukraine.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted: "If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community".

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

The meeting came a day after that firing, and was already controversial in itself, a red carpet welcome for top aides of Vladimir Putin just months after being hit with USA sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely risky and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country", he said.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server. At his rallies, the crowd frequently chanted "Lock her up!" "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement.

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