According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump had a meeting last week with Russian officials in the White House where he exposed some highly classified intelligence information.
The revealed information’s source is a country which was a partner with the USA to fight terrorism. The intelligence information is very sensitive and was not shared with allies.
Even though the Washington Post reported and the Times confirmed it, many government officials deny it saying that Trump didn’t reveal any intelligence information.
Denying the Report
“The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. I was in the room, and it didn’t happen,” H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Adviser, who attended the meeting, said.
In addition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as well as McMaster’s Deputy for Strategy, Dina Powell, both confirmed that Trump didn’t disclose sources or even methods of gathering intelligence.
Tillerson and Powell denied an allegation that both newspapers didn’t report. The Post and The Times only said that the President had revealed information that could open on to the exposure of such assets.
McMaster “hasn’t said anything that really contradicts the story. He just says sources and methods weren’t revealed,” John McLaughlin, former Central Intelligence official, said.
Comments on the Report
“You can leave out sources and methods, and depending on how you pass information, you can tip another intelligence service to the source or method by virtue of revealing that you know something that could only be known by a limited circle of people,” McLaughlin added.
Sharing such intelligence information with Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak can negatively affect the partnership between the US and the ally.
Commenting on the report, Democrats said if the report is correct and Trump did reveal information to Russia then it is a “dangerous” and a “reckless” act.