Stunning details emerge about Donald Trump and his meeting with Russian officials

Owen Stevens
May 16, 2017

A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing "a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State" would severely impact worldwide cooperation on matters of national security.

Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak one day after firing Comey, who was leading an investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian agents trying to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during the meeting "the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

"I get great intel". What's more, WaPo never claimed Trump revealed sources or intelligence methods.

The anonymous officials told the Post that the information Trump relayed during the May 10 meeting had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement.

"The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities".

That intelligence led the Trump administration to ban travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard planes.

The story will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who have expressed worry about sharing classified information with a former NY business magnate who often shoots from the hip.

President Donald Trump defended revealing information to Russian officials, saying in a pair of tweets Tuesday that he shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" and had "the absolute right" to do so.

Trump also "emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, in particular, underscoring the need for Russian Federation to rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies", according to the White House.

He later appeared on camera and said the report was false.

Trump's first foreign trip also begins later this week and includes a stop in Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, and a May 25 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels attended by other important US allies.

The president took to Twitter to counter a torrent of criticism, including from his fellow Republicans, after reports that he had revealed highly classified information about a planned Islamic State operation.

According to the daily, the sensitive classified information was given to the USA by one of its allies, which had not given it permission to share this with the Russians.

Two former officials knowledgeable about the situation tell CNN that the main points of the Post story are accurate that the President shared classified information with the Russian foreign minister.

"These reports, if true, are of the gravest possible concern". Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov "is a step towards that". So that's why legal experts I talked to said there really is probably no legal jeopardy here for Trump as much as, you know, what he did poses lots of security issues and problems.

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