President Donald Trump has been accused of exposing “highly classified information” to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. But lawmakers are calling the alleged disclosures “inexcusable” and “deeply disturbing.”
According to the Washington Post, Trump gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak classified intelligence that was so sensitive it had been withheld from allies – and under close hold within the U.S. government as well.
“To compromise a source is something that you just don’t do,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said. “That’s why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close…to prevent that from happening.”
Protip: Don’t give the Russians classified information. #Classified101
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 15, 2017
The White House is denying the story and fighting the anonymous sources “the story that came out tonight, as reported, is false,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security adviser said.
If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community. Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians. https://t.co/CRiSC024F7
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) May 15, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “If the report is true, it is very disturbing,” he said in a statement. “Revealing classified information at this level is extremely dangerous and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country.”