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President Trump denies sharing classified information with Russian official

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:35
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. May 16, 2017, 6:25 PM (IDT)

President Trump Tuesday called the Washington Post story alleging he disclosed classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak “false.” In a two-part Twitter message, he did not characterize the information he shared as classified, but “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety.” He had an “absolute right,” he argued and engaged in the discussion for “humanitarian reasons” — I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”  

The Kremlin Tuesday dismissed the Washington Post claim as “pure nonsense.”

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Monday night. “At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. “I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” added McMaster.

The Washington Post story, that was picked up by most US media, alleged that President Trump had last Wednesday disclosed to Lavrov and the ambassador intelligence related to an Islamic State terrorist threat gathered by a United States intelligence partner.

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