Trump Gave Classified Information To Russians During White House Visit

Geneva Matthews
May 16, 2017

Trump's meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the United States - where he spilled the information - came one day after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation of possible ties of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia. But it is unclear whether Trump formally declassified information, or disclosed information that will remain secret.

"The story that came out tonight as reported is false", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters at the White House, adding that the leaders reviewed a range of common threats including to civil aviation.

Democratic leaders said that if the report is true, then the President put American lives at risk.

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing".

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount".

"The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration".

"Let's be clear - this is extremely unsafe and a real threat to our security", Kamala Harris, D-California, said. He said Trump did not reveal any military operations that were not already available to the public, noting Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed the same thing.

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

"Russia is not our friend". The outlet also reported that other members have said they did not get a briefing.

The Washington Post story did not say specific sources or methods were discussed, but does cite officials who said Trump revealed the city within ISIS territory where the U.S. ally had detected the threat Trump had discussed.

"Russia could identify our sources or techniques", a senior official said, according to the Post.

The Trump White House has returned to crisis mode as it reacts to yet another bombshell.

The latest controversy came as Trump's administration reels from the fallout over his abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The news that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in a meeting last week prompted another round of freaky scenes, just days after Trump's decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey sent his communications team into a tizzy.

Even before he was inaugurated, intelligence professionals anxious about sharing classified information with Trump, who often shoots from the hip.

An official also said that Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the USA intelligence partner detected the threat.

Corker says the national security team is solid and doing good work, but "the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline — it's creating an environment that I think makes — it creates a worrisome environment".

Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush, said on Twitter that if Trump had given the classified material to the Russians deliberately, "it would be treason".

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

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said that if The Washington Post's report was true, it was "inexcusable".

- Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 15, 2017Heinrich cited a February photo which allegedly showed a key to classified information sitting on Trump's desk.

As they huddled in a hallway, one eagle-eyed reporter for the conservative One America News Network spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking not far from Spicer's office.

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