Trump revealed secret information about Islamic State to Russians

Marsha Scott
May 16, 2017

The Washington Post reported on Monday that current and former USA officials revealed Trump's disclosure of classified information risked a crucial source of intelligence on the Islamic State. AFP | Embattled US President Donald Trump faced explosive allegations that he divulged top secret intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office, a charge the White House scrambled to rebut Monday. But it is unclear whether Trump formally declassified information, or disclosed information that will remain secret.

The reports comes as federal officials continue an ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, which saw Trump winning the Electoral College vote.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the report. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement.

"Let's be clear - this is extremely risky and a real threat to our security", Kamala Harris, D-California, said. "At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known". 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.

"Russia is not our friend".

"Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so".

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One former intelligence official is anxious President Donald Trump is out of control in the wake of a report that suggested he shared classified information with two Russian officials. 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.

The White House has looked to the trip as a moment to draw Trump out of Washington's hyper-partisan hothouse and put him in a more statesman-like setting.

The Post cited anonymous "current and former US officials".

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 United States 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". "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". Investigators are already probing possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and the president has struggled to shake the issue as he tries to advance his legislative agenda. "Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians".

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted: "If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community". In Congress, most members have been cautious in their reactions, but many say if the stories are true, that Trump's actions are concerning.

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

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