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Report: President Trump told classified info to Russian officials

Tuesday - 16/05/2017 05:40
Some lawmakers had expressed concern about the fact that Russian media was allowed into the meeting and took pictures of Trump, Lavrov, and Kislyak.
Report: President Trump told classified info to Russian officials
Report: President Trump told classified info to Russian officials

President Trump told "highly classified information" to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting at the White House last week, according to a new report.

The Washington Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported that the the details Trump provided Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were considered so sensitive that they had been withheld from allies – and under close hold within the U.S. government as well.

The disclosed information could damage a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. According to the Post, the president appeared to boast of his knowledge of a looming threat. He revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the U.S. partner detected the threat.

Trump and the United States did not have permission to share the information from the partner who provided the details, the Post reported. According to an official who spoke to the Post, the president "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we share with our own allies."

According to the Post, senior White House officials called the CIA and National Security Agency after the meeting to try to "contain the damage."

After the news broke, lawmakers criticized Trump's indiscretion.

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that if the news was true, it was "a slap in the face to the intel community."

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Source: USA Today:

 Key: Russia, US

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