Donald Trump ‘shared highly classified information with Russian officials’

Trump revealed intelligence connected to a threat from Isis with Russian foreign minister and ambassador, according to reports

Donald Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting last week.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump shared details of intelligence gathered about an Islamic State threat that had been closely guarded within the United States government and among close US allies.

The report said that while Trump did not describe the specific source used to gather the intelligence, he provided highly classified details, apparently connected to an Isis plot related to the use of laptops on board passenger aircraft.

Top administration officials who attended the meeting swiftly pushed back on the allegations on Monday, saying Trumps meeting with Lavrov consisted only of broad discussions surrounding counter-terrorism.

During President Trumps meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed, among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism, Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, said.

During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.

HR McMaster, Trumps national security adviser, said the president and Russian foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organisations to include threats to aviation.

At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly, McMaster said in a statement.

Speaking to reporters later at the White House, McMaster added to his statement by saying: I was in the room. It didnt happen.

Russias foreign ministry denounced the reports as fake. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US press was not only harmful, but dangerous and claimed the story was a planned hit against Russia.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/15/donald-trump-shared-classified-information-russia-white-house-report