Monday, May 15, 2017

Trump revealed classified info to the Russians while bragging about his intel sources


President Donald Trump "revealed highly classified information" to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting last week, the Washington Post reported. Intelligence officials determined the information was "so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government." Trump, the Post reported, seemed to be boasting to the Russians about the quality of the intelligence he gets as the U.S. president. "I get great intel," Trump said, according to the report. "I have people brief me on great intel every day." Trump's decision to share the information "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State," the Post added. The information was reportedly provided by a U.S. ally via an intelligence-sharing agreement, and that ally did not give permission for it to be shared with the Russian officials. The meeting came one day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into the president and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian intelligence operatives who leaked embarrassing information about Democrats during the 2016 election.

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