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Ivanka Seen Looking Somber Amid President's Controversy (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

First daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were photographed leaving their home amid a chaotic day in the wake of a scandal involving her father, President Donald Trump. Some pointed out that Ivanka looked more serious than usual as she exited her home.

Ivanka and Kushner were spotted outside their home in Washington, D.C., on May 16, as Ivanka's father dealt with allegations he had shared classified information with Russian officials, according to the Daily Mail.

Ivanka wore a blue and white floral dress from her own clothing line, along with $688 Dior sunglasses. Kushner, who is an adviser to the president, was seen in his usual dark tailored suit.

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The couple had spent the weekend celebrating Mother's Day with their three children, enjoying brunch at Clyde's in Georgetown on May 14. Ivanka also shared a photo on social media of her own mother, Ivana Trump, from when she was a young girl.

"Happy Mother's day to my incredible mom, Ivana," the first daughter posted. "And to my children, thank you for giving me the gift of motherhood. You are my inspiration!"

Meanwhile, the president was dealing with a controversy surrounding a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador, in which he reportedly revealed classified information about ISIS to the Russians, CNN reports.

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The intelligence the president shared was reported to be details about ISIS plans to use laptops to carry out terror attacks on planes. An official who reportedly had knowledge of the meeting said that before he revealed the information, the president told the officials, "I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day."

There are concerns Russia could trace the information back to its source.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the president and the Russian officials discussed a "broad range of subjects" during their meeting.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism," said Tillerson. "During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations."

In a series of tweets defending himself on May 16, Donald said that he "had the absolute right" to share information with Russia.

"As president I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety," the president tweeted. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

Trump's tweets did not mention whether the information he shared with the Russian officials was classified.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia criticized Trump's actions as "a slap in the face."

"If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community," Warner tweeted. "Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr, Daily Mail

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