President Donald Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information to Russian officials who visited the White House on May 10.
Unidentified current and former U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Trump’s disclosures were made to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The U.S. officials said the president jeopardized an intelligence source who is privy to the inner workings of ISIS.
According to the officials, Trump shared information from a U.S. partner that includes sensitive details not shared with U.S. allies and many within U.S. government.
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The U.S. did not have permission to share the information with Russia, the officials said.
After Trump's meeting with the Russians, senior White House officials reportedly took action to contain the damage by calling the NSA and CIA.
"This is code-word information," a U.S. official told the Washington Post. "[Trump] revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."
Two unidentified U.S. officials confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, but one official added that the extent of the classified intelligence leak is "far worse than what has already been reported."
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Both CIA and National Security Council spokespeople refused comment when contacted by BuzzFeed News.
U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell told the Washington Post: "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee gave a brief, but eye-opening comment to the newspaper:
I know a little bit more about it. Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening. And the shame of it is, there’s a really good national security team in place. The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes -- it creates a worrisome environment.
A former U.S. official said: "[Trump] seems to get in the room or on the phone and just goes with it, and that has big downsides. Does he understand what’s classified and what’s not? That’s what worries me."
"I’m sure Kislyak was able to fire off a good cable back to the Kremlin with all the details," a former U.S. official who handled Russian intelligence added.
An unidentified staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee said the members were briefed on Trump's disclosure, notes BuzzFeed News; however, some committee members said they were not briefed.