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US President Donald J. Trump shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 May 2017 EPA/RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY 
US President Donald J. Trump shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 May 2017 EPA/RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY 

Trump shared highly classified information with Russia, officials said

According to an investigation of The Washington Post, the President shared intelligence connected to a threat from ISIS in a meeting with Russian Foreign…

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Donald Trump wakes up with Russia and goes to bed with Russia.  On Monday, The Washington Post revealed that President Trump allegedly shared top secret information about ISIS with Russian Foreign Minister Sergéi Lavrov and Ambassador Sergéi Kislyak during a meeting in Washington last week.

 According to an investigation of The Washington Post, Trump revealed information about a threat from the ISIS terrorist group related to the use of Laptops in airplanes, rising concern among intelligence agencies. Not only because it endangered a key foreign source for national security, but because it gave the Russians more data than to US allies. The White House has firmly denied the investigation and said reports were "false."

The Russian affair - which is connected to the Kremlin interference in the past US elections and the FBI investigation on Hillary Clinton's email account -  seems more complex every day.  The meeting between Trump and Lavrov occurred one day after the US President announced he was firing FBI Director James Comey, the chief in charge of investigating whether the Republican campaign team coordinated with the Kremlin to attack Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. 

The meeting last week was also attended by Ambassador Kislyak, a figure connected to the resignation of one of the President's closest collaborators: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, forced to resign for hiding the content of his talks with the ambassador.  Attorney general Jeff Sessions has also been disqualified from the Russian investigation for his meetings with Kislyak.

Despite reports revealed by the Washington Post, top administration officials who attended the meeting between Trump and the Russian foreign minister last week insisted that the meeting consisted only of broad discussions surrounding counter-terrorism, as reported in The Guardian.

“During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations,” Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, said.

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” HR McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said in a statement.

 

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