The Washington PostsreportMonday that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State plot to Russian officials appeared to show more restraint than the commander-in-chief.
The Washington Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.
According to the Post, details Trump gave toRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had been provided bya U.S. partner, and were so sensitive that theyd been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government. The Post reported that Trumps disclosure risks future cooperation with the unnamed U.S. partner, which hadnt given permission to share the information.
The Post proved to bemore effective at protecting classified information than President Trump in his exchanges with the Russians,Ned Price, a former National Security Council spokesman, said on MSNBC Monday evening.
Jim Roberts, a former editor at The New York Times and Mashable, said the paper acted more responsibly than the president.
The White House rejected the Posts bombshell.National security adviser H.R. McMaster denounced the story andsaid,at no time were sources or methods discussed in the meeting. The Post story didnt claim Trump disclosed sources and methods.
Washington Post reporter Greg Miller said on CNN that the White House is playing word games … to try to blunt the impact of this story. Miller said he absolutely stood by the reporting.
Trump met with Lavrov and Kislyak the morning after firing FBI James Comey, who was overseeing the investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
The White Housebarred U.S. journalists from covering any part of the meeting, though permitted a photographer working for Lavrov and Russian state media inside the Oval Office.
Its unclear how much of the meeting was attended by the Russian photographer, whorevealed Kislyaks presence.TheWhite House did not tell reporters of Kislyaks appearance in an official readout of the meeting.
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