Trump shared classified information with Russians: Senior US officials

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That led to closed-door emergency meetings, hallways packed with reporters, statements rushed out, but few questions answered.

"It sounds like White House is parsing words by saying "didn't discuss sources or methods" as a weak cover your a**", the former officer said.

It's become a familiar scenario in the crisis-prone Trump White House, where big news breaks fast and the aides paid to respond seem perpetually caught off-guard. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.

CNN had previously broken the story on the intelligence that Trump reportedly discussed - that ISIS had been devising ways to plant explosives in large electronic devices and defeat screening systems meant to keep them off aircraft.

"That the Russians would be the potential recipients of this intelligence and may be able to determine its source is all the more problematic, since the Russian interest in Syria and elsewhere is, in many respects, deeply antithetical to our own", Schiff said. "The President owes the intelligence community, the American people, and Congress a full explanation".

The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a United States ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said.

"I was in the room, it didn't happen", McMaster told reporters after emerging.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation", said McMaster.

White House officials denied the story in several statements, including a 45-second on-camera statement delivered by Trump's national security adviser. He said that during that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.

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Powell echoed his statement, also calling the story false and said Trump only talked about the common threat that both countries faced.

"I sincerely hope that he did not revealed secret information to the Russians that might violate our worldwide agreements and make it harder for us to get good intelligence about ISIS and other threats in the future". However, for nearly anyone else in government, discussing sensitive classified information with an adversary would be against the law, the Post reported.

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

Corker says the national security team is solid and doing good work, 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".

President Trump revealed "highly classified information" to two top Russian officials during a controversial Oval Office meeting last week, according to a report from The Washington Post.

But "it is all kind of shocking", said a former senior USA official close to current administration officials in the Post story.

" 'This is code-word information, ' said a USA official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies".

McMaster said that during the meeting, "at no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed".

Former CIA employee Ned Price appeared on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Monday evening and tried to provide more clarity into what sort of damage could have been done if the Post report is true.

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