Donald Trump: Russia says reports US President revealed classified information 'fake'

Flashback Trump Says Pres. Must Understand Meaning of'Classified

Flashback Trump Says Pres. Must Understand Meaning of'Classified

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety".

At the White House, Trump said in his tweets, "I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety".

"We're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years, and we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible".

"The information was reliable enough that the U.S. is considering a ban on laptops on all flights from Europe to the United States", it said.

The Kremlin has dismissed reports that Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense".

A U.S. president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but USA and allied officials said that by giving information to Russia, Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has intelligence on Islamic State.

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with USA intelligence agencies.

Speaking to Russian news agencies on Wednesday Yuri Ushakov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, would not comment the contents of last week's talks among Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak.

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Trump has admitted sharing security information on terrorism and aviation safety with the Russians, saying he had the "absolute right" to do so, but the White House has not confirmed or denied whether that information was classified.

Additionally, the meeting raised alarm bells in Washington because it came one day after Trump made a decision to fire FBI Director James Comey while the bureau investigated his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

In his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on "great intel every day", an official with knowledge of the exchange said, according to the Post. They said it was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the USA government. A former intelligence official says that if another country had done the same thing to the USA, it would send the message that whoever revealed the information "can't be trusted". As president, Mr Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets.

Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew.

Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, told reporters he was not anxious that intelligence sharing among allies would stop, the Times reported.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism".

Just to be clear, there are reasons why the idea of Trump sharing classified information became a huge story on Monday.

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"We do not say what is classified and what is not classified", defended McMaster, who added that "by no means" Trump divulged sources or methods of obtaining that information in his conversation with Lavrov. Associated Press writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London. Trump's tweets, like his subordinates' statements, didn't challenge the Post's reporting.

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