Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Throughout the 2016 election, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for their handling of classified information multiple times, as seen with his tweets that are apparently contradictory to his actions. And if he (Trump) thinks classified intelligence information is something you're supposed to brag about to Russian Federation. Gardner have so far gone unreturned. However, "they did not discuss source, methods, or military operations", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. I was in the room.

In response to the leak, Trump's national security advisor, HR McMaster, said "the president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation".

At the time, CNN agreed to withhold key details, including the name of the city where the threat was detected, at the request of United States government officials, who were concerned that if it was revealed, it could also reveal intelligence sources and methods.

A Washington Post correspondent stood by his story Monday evening as the White House tried to declare it "false". "The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

In the meeting, Trump "seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat", the Post reported: "I get great intel".

"If this is true, the president should explain to the American people why he divulged classified information to the Putin regime".

The White House has rebutted the story, saying no intelligence sources or methods were discussed.

However, the Washington Post did not report that Mr Trump disclosed sources and intelligence-gathering methods.

"The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities". "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly".

"Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources" in the news report, he said.


"This is not intelligence that the United States gathered or owned".

Officials told CNN that the ban came about following the collection of intercepted material and "human intelligence".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee called the news a "slap in the face to the intel community".

If the reports are true, "it's very damning, very damaging", Manchin said, adding that such disclosures "would be extremely unsafe and concerning to all".

It was unclear precisely where they were coming from or what they were - but after a reporter tweeted about the noise, White House staffers quickly turned up the volume on the office television, blaring a newscast loudly enough to drown out any other potential noise. "You know the shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place".

One exception was Arizona Senator John McCain, who called Monday's report, "If true, deeply disturbing". In Congress, most members have been cautious in their reactions, but many say if the stories are true, that Trump's actions are concerning. "I just can't comment on every news story so but obviously.it's not a good thing".

The president has broad authority to declassify documents and information, which means Trump likely did not violate the law.

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be unsafe enough", Pelosi said.

The revelation came at a sensitive time for the president, who less than a week ago cited "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" in explaining why he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 election.

One official, who requested anonymity to discuss dealing with the president, said last month: "He has no filter; it's in one ear and out the mouth". But a photographer from Russian state-media Tass attended the meeting and took photos of a laughing Trump with Lavrov and Kislyak. Only TASS, Russia's official news agency, was allowed in to photograph the meeting; no USA media were allowed.

A spokesman for Buck said the congressman was in a meeting.

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