Tuesday, May 16, 2017

United States: Did Trump Disclose Classified Information To Russians?

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump revealed information classified secret defense to his Russian interlocutors last week. The President of the United States received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, accompanied by Ambassador Kislyak and several collaborators in the oval office, following the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump gave his Russian interlocutors information about ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria. The concern is that this classified information was provided to the Americans by an allied country that did not give Washington permission to share them, not even with the other members of the coalition, let alone the Russians so much the details are sensitive.

One can imagine the panic of the American advisers in the oval office hearing the president boast of having very good information and describing them to his Russian guests, delighted. According to the newspaper, one of the advisers immediately called the CIA and the NSA to inform them of the situation. The minutes of the meeting have been redacted.

How do these details end up in the Washington Post? These leaks which will provoke the rage of the president, are undoubtedly the work of throwers of alert. Obviously, there are many in the agencies who doubt the legitimacy of a president of the United States who does not seem to have taken the measure of his duties, while his team is under investigation for a possible collusion with Russia.

The White House

The White House denied this information. "   The story published tonight is false," national security adviser General HR McMaster told reporters, pointing out that common threats to both countries, notably those related to aviation, interview. "   No source of intelligence or method was mentioned at any time, and no military operation was disclosed, which was not already publicly known, " he added. I was in the room. It did not happen. "

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that the meeting was focused on counter-terrorism, while Deputy Internal Security Advisor Dina Powell said it was "   false  "The Post article. "   During these exchanges, the nature of the specific threats was discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations," Rex Tillerson said.

But this posture is far from being shared by the entire political class, including in Donald Trump's camp. "   If it's true, it's obviously troubling,  " replied Republican Senator John McCain on CNN. "   We have no way of knowing what has been said but the protection of the secrets of our nation is crucial,  " said Doug Andres, spokesman for Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. The latter "   expects a full explanation of the facts from the administration," he added.

On the Democratic side, we already ask for explanations on these revelations. "   The president owes a detailed explanation to the world of intelligence, Americans, and Congress," said Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader of the Senate.

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