Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

White House denies report Donald Trump shared highly classified info with Russia

White House denies report Donald Trump shared highly classified info with Russia

The scandal is said to be far worse than what has already been reported.

The White House said the allegations were false.

The information, related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from a partner of the United States which had not given permission for it to be shared with Russian Federation, says the Washington Post. The same aide described the scene as like, "a morgue" at the White House. He said that during that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.

That's why this story may end up being so damaging to Trump.

And his self-destructive behavior was reaffirmed minutes later during the daily White House briefing, when much of the questioning centered on the multiple crises spun by Trump's own statements. Critics saw his firing of FBI Director James Comey as evidence of more worrying autocratic instincts.

Soon after, the New York Times posted a similar report, saying: "President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a former American government official said Monday".

"Obviously, they're in a downward spiral right now, and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips [with] all that's happening", he added.

"I would say it's disturbing but I think we've got to find out more before I could comment", said Sen.

He said he would have more to say when he knows more about the news report. But it is unclear whether Trump formally declassified information, or disclosed information that will remain secret.

But he offered a stunning assessment of the gravity of the situation. It wasn't up to United States to share.

An official also said that Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the US intelligence partner detected the threat.

Those concerns are now likely to multiply.

The information came from a source with access to inside information about the Islamic State and was so sensitive that it was kept from US allies and some government officials, according to officials who spoke to the Post. Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe.

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"The ability to protect that source whoever he is, wherever he is has been seriously undermined ... If a Central Intelligence Agency officer had revealed this information to the Russians, he would be fired instantly".

The White House on Monday blasted the reports as "false".

At one point National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who would later deliver the televised denial, stumbled into the crowd of journalists as he walked through the West Wing. Only TASS, Russia's official news agency, was allowed in to photograph the meeting; no US media were allowed. That leaves open the possibility that vital intelligence, key to protecting American lives, may not be available to USA clandestine services in future.

"This is code-word information", said a US official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server.

The president's trip and latest uproar over his meeting with Russian officials come amid rumors that he might shake-up his senior staff in a bid to refocus his administration. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Armed Services Committee. "That's all I'm asking".

Others present realised the mistake and scrambled to "contain the damage" by informing the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), says the Post.

But some of the European partners Trump will meet later in his trip have been more skeptical about his policies, including a controversial travel and immigration ban that's been blocked by US courts.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an explanation from the White House.

It's probably still too early to assess how the constant controversies impact Republican prospects heading into the 2018 midterm elections. Trump said last week in an interview with NBC News that the investigation was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to call for a special prosecutor.

This has added to the already heavy Russian Federation cloud hanging over the President.

Lee, who was on Trump's list of potential replacements for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, said Trump's threat about tapes has intensified calls from Democrats for an independent probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Finally, it is worth remembering the simmering feud Mr Trump has had with the USA intelligence community. Richard Blumenthal said Monday on CNN.

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