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Trump admits he shared data on terrorism with Russia

Trump admits he shared data on terrorism with RussiaUS President Donald Trump has admitted that he shared information on terrorism with Russia, asserting he has an “absolute right” to do so.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The US president was responding to reports in the Washington Post and elsewhere alleging that he had revealed “highly classified” details about a threat from Isis during a meeting last week with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

The president is allowed to declassify and share classified information at any moment he chooses. Trump’s Tuesday morning tweets did not specify whether the information he shared with Russia was classified.

“As president, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled WH meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump wrote. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against Isis and terrorism.”

The affair has sparked an uproar over whether Trump compromised national security. It also cast greater scrutiny on the president’s closeness to Russia, which the US government has long considered a hostile actor.

Top administration officials who had attended the 10 May meeting said on Monday night that the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russian officials, but fell short of denying that Trump had shared classified information.

The original report did not suggest Trump had discussed sources and methods. The allegation is that Trump shared some information about laptops on planes, which potentially put a source at risk and was given to the US by an ally who did not give consent for it to be shared with Russia.

Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said on Facebook on Tuesday said the reports were “yet another fake” – and advised people not to read American newspapers.

The Washington Post’s reporting cited current and former US officials. The allegations were confirmed by several other US news outlets on Monday night.
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