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>> President Trump shared highly classified information with top Russian diplomats during their visit to the Oval Office, potentially jeopardizing a source of intelligence about Islamic State. Two US officials confirming this story, first, reported by the Washington Post, which is causing shockwaves in Washington. And sending White House officials scrambling to do damage control.
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National Security Advisor General H R McMaster appearing briefly to push back on the report.>> Hey good evening everybody. The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the President did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.
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>> Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak just one day after the president fired FBI Director James Comey. Who was heading the Russian investigation into 2016 meddling. The photos of the meeting, seen here, were provided by Russian media as US media was not allowed in the room.
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Officials telling Reuters that the intelligence in question was classified as top secret and was supplied by a US ally in the fight against the militant group. After Trump revealed the information, which one of the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency to inform them of what had happened.
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While the President has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case, he did so without consulting the ally that provided it. Which threatens to jeopardize what officials call the long-standing intelligence sharing agreement. The political fallout from the report has been swift.
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The President earning rebukes not just from Democratic lawmakers, but from some Republicans as well. The Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Bob Corker, called the allegations, quote, very, very troubling if true. Adding that the White House is in a, quote, downward spiral. And Senate Democrat Dick Durbin called Trump's conduct, quote, dangerous and reckless.