White House denies report Trump shared intel with Russian Federation

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A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing "a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State" would severely impact global cooperation on matters of national security.

On Monday, one of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in the meeting with Lavrov was classified "Top Secret" and held in a secure "compartment" to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California said in a statement Monday that "this disclosure could jeopardize sources of very sensitive intelligence and relationships we have with key partners".

"The President and the foreign minister reviewed common threats to aviation", Mr McMaster told reporters outside the White House. Trump drew immediate comparisons to the former president after firing Comey since Nixon, too, fired the man leading an investigation into his associates' actions.

The revelation came at a sensitive time for the president, who less than a week ago cited "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" in explaining why he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 election.

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The questions arose in part because TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency, published photos from the meeting, even though it was closed to the press.

Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week.

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"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", Schumer said.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee called it "inappropriate" because Sessions pledged to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election.

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Afterward, White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, the newspaper said.

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"This bombshell report is astonishing and appalling - betraying our allies, endangering safety of sources, and sabotaging our war against ISIS", said Democratic Sen.

"Giving the Russians intelligence that our counterterrorism partners have asked us to protect is incredibly risky", said Jeremy Bash, the former Pentagon chief of staff under President Obama.

"This is really concerning that he doesn't understand that certain information you don't share with Russian Federation".

Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush, said on Twitter that if Trump had given the classified material to the Russians deliberately, "it would be treason". "It's the one thing you're trained to never do".

Trump Administration officials denied the Post report. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", a spokesman said in a statement.

Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence community, said such a disclosure would be a "slap in the face to the intel community".

"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen.

He continued, "It would be nearly inconceivable that any president would allow something of that nature out". Hallways packed with reporters.

Some observations: First, this story was obviously a deliberate leak to the Post, and not something Post reporters turned up on their daily rounds.

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

However, the Post report doesn't say that Mr. Trump discussed methods or sources with Lavrov and Kislyak.