President Donald J. Trump reportedly shared highly classified information with top Russian officials during their White House meeting on May 10th.
According to the Washington Post, Trump shared a “critical source of intelligence” regarding ISIS threats involving laptops on planes to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
The Post reported: The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.
The White House called the story ‘false.’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”
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Although the report is alarming to some, the President of the United States has broad authority to declassify such information.