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Trump "Shared Secret Info With Russia"

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Added On May 16, 2017

The White House has strongly denied media reports accusing President Donald Trump of revealing highly classified intelligence information to Russia.

Trump reportedly disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell all issued statements saying such reports were wrong.

The Washington Post first reported the disclosure on Monday, followed by the New York Times and others. 

The Washington Post said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

It said the information came from a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement, but the partner did not give the U.S. permission to share the information with Russia.

The Washington Post said the White House contacted the CIA and National Security Agency to deal with the subsequent damage.

However, media reports said the U.S. president has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that such disclosures broke the law.