White House officials have denied reports that President Donald trump shared highly classified information with the Russian officials in a meeting in White House. They have criticized The Washington Post report claiming that the report is completely false and has nothing to do with reality.
The Washington Post report that is one of the most talked about issue in the US and elsewhere too claims that the President shared intelligence secrets with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian ambassador to the US.
If this is true, it will have far reaching implication for Donald trump and his presidency. But White House has trashed the report with Secretary of State denying and claiming there was no truth in allegations. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell have all issued statements saying the report is wrong.
“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.”
Dina Powell in another statement said, “This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”
In a detailed statement National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told the Washington Post in a statement, “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.”
“There is nothing the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. The story that came out tonight as reported is false…The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known…Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh anonymous sources. And I was in the room, it didn’t happen”, he said while speaking at a briefing at White House.