Trump shared secret info about ISIS with Russians

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2017

However, The Post story and other subsequent reports didn't say that it was sources, methods or military operations discussed, but simply classified information.

The US Department of Homeland Security has said it is mulling the expansion of a ban on laptop computers in passenger cabins on jets originating in Europe. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the USA intelligence partner detected the threat.

The Washington Post said that Trump shared the information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

"I was in the room, it didn't happen", McMaster said, without providing specifics as to why the report was incorrect.

National Security Adviser HR McMaster told reporters that the story, "as reported", was "false".

The New York Times and BuzzFeed News published similar reports later Monday. "During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

Neither McMaster or Powell specifically addressed the allegation that the president revealed classified information or the possibility that he may have jeopardized an intelligence-sharing operation.


Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the official said. And then he proceeded to talk about this information, about a threat stream that the US has been concerned about which has led the United States to consider banning laptops on certain worldwide flights because they were getting threats that terrorists were preparing to use a laptop bomb.

Trump's meeting with the Russians came last Wednesday, the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the USA elections and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The intelligence shared at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a USA ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials said.The White House said the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, were not true. 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 US intelligence officials - wary about sharing future top secret details with the president.

SHAPIRO: You report that after the meeting with these two Russians, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage.

The CIA is declining to comment.

Reaction from Capitol Hill Democrats was full-throated.

The Washington Post story does not say he was doing this on goal.


"Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team 'were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information, ' Trump tweeted in July".

"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.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. - who had just had a root canal - read reporters a statement he scrawled out in the dentist's chair after learning about the story.

A recent Wall Street Journal report by Shane Harris and Carol Lee claims that the probe has gotten rather serious, with Comey receiving daily updates and being "concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion", according to "people with knowledge of the matter". He's expected to be warmly received by Arab allies in Saudi Arabia, who welcomed his decision to launch missiles against a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack, and in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu views Trump as more favorable to his interests than former President Barack Obama.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was anxious about a White House "on a downward spiral". In fact in February, three informed sources told Bloomberg that the Kremlin had ordered the vast network of state media outlets to cut pro-Trump coverage in general and cool expectation and awareness of the new USA administration.

"This is the last place in the world I wanted to be", said McMaster, who then left without answering questions. The chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Republican Bob Corker, said that the White House is spiraling out of control.


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