The White House denied an explosive Washington Post story Monday that President Donald Trump shared classified intelligence information during a meeting with members of the Russian government last week.
Greg Miller, one of The Post reporters who broke the story, told NPR's Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered that by sharing the information from another country, it could damage future intelligence gathering and US relations with other partners.
"The story that came out tonight (Monday night), as reported, is false".
Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism". The chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Republican Bob Corker, said that the White House is spiraling out of control.
MILLER: They describe it as unfolding sort of when Trump is meeting with the foreign minister and ambassador and starts to go off script and starts to talk - brag about or boast about the intel he gets. And the initial intelligence sharing partner never authorized the information to be shared with Russian Federation, so this could damage relations on an irreparable level.
Putin (left) and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House last week.
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H.R. McMaster told reporters in a brief statement that The Washington Post report published Monday "is false" and "at no time" were intelligence sources or methods discussed during Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly".
Trump reportedly discussed certain details with the Russians regarding an Islamic State threat involving laptops on aircraft, a disclosure that would have been illegal by lower-ranking USA officials.
One of the officials with knowledge of Trump's meeting with the Russian called the timing of the disclosure "particularly unfortunate", as the President prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against Islamic State.
US officials have told Reuters that USA agencies are in the process of drawing up plans to expand a ban on passengers carrying laptop computers onto US -bound flights from several countries on conflict zones due to new intelligence about how militant groups are refining techniques for installing bombs in laptops.
Trump's meeting with the Russians came last Wednesday, the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the USA elections and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He allegedly shared highly classified information during the meeting about an Isis plot that could lead to the discovery of intelligence sources, according to the Washington Post.
"Revealing classified information at this level is extremely risky and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".
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The report added that, in doing so, Trump had endangered an important source of intelligence from within ISIS. However, the Post report doesn't say that Trump discussed methods or sources with Lavrov and Kislyak.
Comey had been heading an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible contacts between Trump's election campaign and the Kremlin. And it could take years to rebuild the kind of trust in these relationships that has allowed the United States to have productive intelligence sharing partnerships around the world in the past, under the leadership of both Democratic and Republican Presidents. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m.
"If that's true, I would say it's disturbing", Sen.
Also last week, the Senate intelligence committee issued a subpoena to Mr Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's former National Security Adviser, for documents related to his own contacts with figures in the Russian establishment.
The story prompted Sen.
"This conduct by the president is not only risky, it's reckless", said Sen.
"Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team 'were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information, ' Trump tweeted in July".
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