Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

Two U.S. officials said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump's short tenure in office.

Israeli intelligence officials say this amounts to their "worst fears confirmed", that the United States, with whom they have an exclusive intelligence-sharing deal, are passing that information along without Israel's prior knowledge.

White House officials reject the Post story, but they do not specifically deny that sensitive information came up at the meeting. The president attempts to justify himself via Twitter, and Washington Post Media and Politics Reporter Callum Borchers explains why his justification is valid.

Known so far is that Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador a plot being hatched by ISIS, but NBC reveals more specifics about the plot as well as details the intelligence community (IC) is asking it and other media outlets not to reveal.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday he saw "no secrets" in USA media reports of apparent security threats by Islamic state that were divulged by President Donald Trump last week.

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"It is all kind of shocking", a former senior USA official, who is close to current administration officials, told the Washington Post. "Trump seems to be very reckless and doesn't grasp the gravity of the things he's dealing with, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security".

The "facts" discussed included terrorism and airline flight safety, according to Trump, who noted that he wants Russian Federation to "greatly step up their fight" against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

The claims in the Washington Post have been refuted by multiple White House officials, including National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

". At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed". "I was in the room".

The Russian foreign minister said that over the past year and a half Russia had been sending the European Union proposals, including at the level of the country's president, regarding possible ways of restoring the currently-strained cooperation relations.

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Donald Trump said he wanted to discuss "facts" with Russian Federation, ranging from airline safety to terrorism, during last week's White House meeting.

"Truth needs to be uncovered and anyone responsible for this violation of the norms if not the law, of intelligence has to be held accountable", he told CNN.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker said the White House is "in a downward spiral".

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 president asserts in his dismissal letter that the former FBI director assured him he was not under investigation "on three separate occasions".

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