Donald Trump

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

This evening The Washington Post broke a story that stated,

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

This story was confirmed by The New York Times and Buzzfeed.  Trump attempted to defend his actions Tuesday morning with a series of tweets.  But he ended up admitting to the facts of the story and undermining the explanations provided by his staff.  National Security Advisor, General H. R. McMaster, gave a press briefing on the issue and when he was asked he did not deny Trump revealed confidential information; he echoed Trump’s argument the president has the right to declassify information.

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This photo shows President Trump welcoming Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the Oval Office, despite the fact the White House has made no mention of his presence. CREDIT: Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP a caption

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