Everyone is talking about this one. Apparently Trump revealed some very sensitive info to the Russians in their meeting last week. But the WaPo reported it, and they’re using all anonymous sources again.
Here’s what they reported:
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.
Ingraham says her source denies the story:
WH source with direct knowledge just told me @washingtonpost didn't talk to ANY U.S. official at mtg w/ Lavrov. "It's Fake News"
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 15, 2017
Buzzfeed says they have two sources confirming the story.
The WaPo report had a denial from NSA McMaster:
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” said H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
The Deputy NSA Dina Powell is completely denying it:
Dina Powell statement on WaPo story: "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 15, 2017
So, we’ll have to see if anything comes of it, but the media is running with it hard…
First Buzzfeed, now Reuters confirms the story with their own reporting:
JUST IN: Two U.S. officials confirm Washington Post report that Trump revealed highly classified information in meeting with Russia's Lavrov
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 15, 2017