Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

"A former US intelligence official has told CBS News that "inappropriate" information" was discussed by Mr. Trump during that Oval Office meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

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 Kremlin has dismissed reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense", but some of America's allies are expressing concerns the USA leader could be an unreliable keeper of secrets.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the report as part of a coordinated effort to put pressure on the Trump administration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also dismissed suggestions anything in the conversation was classified. But Trump told the Russians those things, the USA officials said, as he described intelligence that led to the new rules banning electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights.

This comes hot on the heels of reports that Trump shared classified information with Russian Federation about Isis.

The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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Trump has said it was his "absolute right" to share that information with the Russians, and he was backed up by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who said it was "wholly appropriate" to divulge that to the Russians.

A Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters.

"It is all kind of shocking", a former senior USA official, who is close to current administration officials, told the Washington Post.

It was reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of some of that classified intel.

"If you are talking about that, I can see no secrets here", he said.

A statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was at the White House meeting Trump's held with Russian officials, said "the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

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