Russian officials deny that Trump revealed classified information during White House meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied the reports that the American president revealed top secret information to him: "This is fake news." The statement came after senior officials in the Trump administration claimed that the president had endangered a vital intelligence source from within ISIS.

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According to Russian News Agency TASS, the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected reports circulating in America that accused US President Donald Trump of divulging highly classified information to Russia.

Last night, the Washington Post reported that Trump revealed sensitive intelligence information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting at the White House last week. The report added that, in doing so, Trump had endangered an important source of intelligence from within ISIS. At the end of the meeting, senior White House officials apparently took immediate steps to minimize the damage, making calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

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According to the New York Times, the information that was allegedly shared by the US president came from a close ally of the US in the Middle East and is likely to reveal a sensitive source that collaborates with Washington. Shortly after it was revealed that Trump allegedly divulged the confidential information, the White House announced that Trump was planning to call King Abdullah of Jordan.

It would appear that the source holds sensitive information about ISIS' activity from within the organization and that he or she did not give the US permission to share the information with Russia. "This is information at code-word level," said an American official with access to the subject, referring to one of the highest classifications in American intelligence agencies. “Trump has revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we share with our allies.”



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