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Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

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Saul Franklin | 16 May, 2017, 10:04

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday. "During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

U.S. officials informed on the matter told the Post that the USA did not have permission to share the intelligence and that the leak jeopardises cooperation with the source, which has "access to the inner workings of the Islamic State".

The Washington Post said Trump offered details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. "Sharing intelligence with an adversary risks jeopardizing counterterrorism cooperation with partners and undermines USA national security".

The White House reportedly contacted the CIA and National Security Agency after the meeting to contain the damage.

Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism". The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.I was in the room.

Dina Powell, White House deputy national security adviser for strategy, who also attended the meeting, said: "This story is false".

But a US official that had been briefed on the matter, in confirming the Post report to BuzzFeed News, said, "It's far worse than what has already been reported". He's questioned the competence of intelligence officials, challenged their assessment that Russian Federation meddled in last year's election to help him win, and accused them of leaking information about him and his associates.

Reporters started gathering in the hallway outside Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office right after the Post story broke.

"It is all kind of shocking", a former senior USA official, who is close to current administration officials, told the Washington Post.

It's unlikely that Trump has broken any law.

Trump, a Republican who has called allegations of links between his campaign team and Russian Federation a "total scam", sharply criticized his 2016 election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as secretary of state, when she used a private email server.

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The timing of Trump's decision to fire FBI chief Comey - amid an ongoing bureau investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation in last year's election - has prompted many, including some from within his own party, to question his rationale.

The information was said to have been provided by a US partner through an intelligence sharing arrangement that contained information so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted within the USA government. By doing so, Trump jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group.

The news created a sensation as it spread through Washington and up to Capitol Hill Monday, where senators were returning for evening votes.

The story prompted Sen. He said if it's true, it would be a slap in the face to the intel community.

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be risky enough", Pelosi said.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the panel, said the report was of the "gravest possible concern".

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing". Many Republican lawmakers said they had not seen details about the report and did not want to comment.

"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, R-Wis.

"The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration".

One of the officials with knowledge of Trump's meeting with the Russian called the timing of the disclosure "particularly unfortunate", as the president prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against Islamic State.

Even some of who had been reluctant to criticize Trump said Monday's report raised questions that needed answers.

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