WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information on the Islamic State group during a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow’s man in Washington Sergey Kislyak.
President Donald Trump relationship with Russian officials is once again under attack as he faces incendiary allegations that he disclosed top secret intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office, a charge the White House flustered to abjure on Monday.
In an astonishing revelation, the intelligence reportedly came from a United States ally who did not authorize Washington to divulge the information to Moscow. Such act could result in the blighting of trust that is paramount to intelligence and counterterrorism cooperation.
HR McMaster the National Security Advisor denied that the president had revealed “Intelligence sources or methods.” However, McMaster did acknowledge that President Donald Trump and Lavrov had “Reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation.”
According to the Washington Post, unnamed officials stated that President Donald Trump went off script during the meeting, describing details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes, revealing the city where the information was gathered.
The Trump’s administration recently barred the use of laptops in the passenger cabin from several countries in the Middle East and is mulling the expansion of that ban to cover jets originating in Europe.
HR McMaster without indicating which parts of the article was falsify said; “There’s nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. The story that came out tonight as reported is false. Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources. I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
McMaster had earlier refused to answer questions to a group of journalists gathered in the West Wing, saying “This is the last place I wanted to be.” before leaving.
Written by Stacey Fowler