The Trump administration is denying a report published by the Washington Post on Monday night claiming that President Trump disclosed classified information in a meeting with top Russian officials last week.
Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell said in a statement, “This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” added H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
The Washington Post, which is constantly putting out hit pieces on Trump, claims the president revealed highly classified intelligence information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador while meeting with them last week at the White House. According to the Washington Post, current and former U.S. officials told the paper that President Trump provided classified information from US intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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The information was provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The partner did not give the United States permission to share the information with Russia.
“During President Trump’s meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations,”
Secretary of State Rex W. TIllerson added in a statement Monday evening.
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