President Donald Trump is being accused of revealing highly classified information to Russian diplomats. A Washington Post report says that this happened in the course of a meeting that President Trump had with Russian diplomats last week at the White House.
The Washington Post report while quoting many serving and retired diplomats said that President Trump disclosed information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador. While the report is not very clear about the ambit of the disclosures made, it is said that Trump talked about Islamic State and other important intelligence on ISIS.
Unnamed sources reportedly informed The Post that that the former billionaire businessman shared “highly classified information” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The sources claim that President Trump actually “went off script” and started discussing information related to the Islamic State and the threat of using laptop computers on aircraft.
The Washington Post report said that the highly classified information that Trump shared with the Russians was provided by a partner of the US. “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 report says.
It went on to add that the President actually used “code-word information” and “revealed more ifnormation to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our allies”, says the report.
Meanwhile White House has refuted the allegation saying that President didn’t share any classified information with anyone.
But the report has been contested by the Trump administration. In a statement to the post, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was in the meeting, said, “The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation. At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”