'It didn't happen': McMaster denies Trump disclosed classified information to Russian Federation

'It didn't happen': McMaster denies Trump disclosed classified information to Russian Federation

The Washington Post is reporting that in a May 10 meeting, President Donald Trump revealed "highly classified" information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador.

The Post quoted a senior US officials as calling the intelligence "code-word information" - referring to one of the highest classification levels used in the American intelligence community.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said.

"This kind of disclosure could harm national security by jeopardizing important sources of information needed to disrupt terrorist attacks", Wyden said in a statement.

Greg Miller, one of The Post reporters who broke the story, told NPR's Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered that by sharing the information from another country, it could damage future intelligence gathering and USA relations with other partners.

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

The White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the Oval Office meeting focused on counterterrorism, and from deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who called the Washington Post story false.

One of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his meeting with Lavrov was classified "Top Secret" and held in a secure "compartment" to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access. The United Kingdom, which possessed the same intelligence, placed a similar prohibition on passengers flying from six countries, including two that were not on the USA list. The information Trump relayed, officials said, had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.

Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, one of the co-authors of the story, told CNN that he stands by his report.

The president has broad authority to declassify documents and information, which means Trump likely did not violate the law. However, for nearly anyone else in government, discussing sensitive classified information with an adversary would be against the law, the Post reported.

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Monday's reports of Trump revealing classified information to the Russians come just ahead of his first foreign trip as president.

No US media were allowed into the meeting.

McMaster says: "I was in the room.it didn't happen".

Even before he was inaugurated, intelligence professionals anxious about sharing classified information with Trump, who often shoots from the hip.

"The shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place and there are good, productive things that are under way through them and through others", Corker said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that Congress "must be given a full briefing on the extent of the damage President Trump has done in compromising highly classified code-word intelligence to the Russians". Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m.

Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, felt the same way, telling reporters the story was "troubling, if true".

"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server.

On Monday, Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said that, "We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount".

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