Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

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The Washington Post reported on Monday that current and former U.S. officials revealed Trump's disclosure of classified information risked a crucial source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

"Look, if you had to choose the worst intelligence service in the world to share top secret code information with, it would be the Russians", Price said. The administration deflected any reason for alarm by maintaining that Trump discussed "a broad range of subjects" with the Russian officials.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said no intelligence sources or methods were discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances.

The Post story - which was later confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed News - does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered.

The White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the meeting focussed on counterterrorism, and from deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who said the Washington Post story was false.

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The President did not directly reveal the source of the information, but intelligence officials told CNN that there is concern that Russian Federation will be able to figure out the highly sensitive source. And when they say its classified, if it was public knowledge, then it could hurt the national security of the United States.

The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week 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 with knowledge of the situation said.

Senators mulled over the latest stunning news, first reported by The Washington Post, as they met inside the chamber. "The President owes the intelligence community, the American people, and Congress a full explanation".

The feeding frenzy Monday was brought on by a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in a meeting last week.

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

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But some of the European partners Trump will meet later in his trip have been more skeptical about his policies, including a controversial travel and immigration ban that's been blocked by US courts. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said of the Trump administration.

"They are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening", Corker told reporters. He added that he wants the House intelligence committee fully briefed on what, if anything, was shared with the Russian officials.

"These reports, if true, are of the gravest possible concern".

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount", said Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country", he said.

"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen.

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