Trump Shared Life Saving Information with Russia
The fake news from The Washington Post had some truth, Trump did share some information, not secrets, information that will save lives and prevent terrorist attacks.
The rest of the story is a mish-mash of unverifiable sources, unnamed current and former US officials, who claimed that Trump disclosed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak “code-word information” relating to Islamic State during a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office at the White House. The intelligence was reportedly from “a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement” and not authorized to be shared with Russia, US allies or even within much of the US government.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House where they discussed a wide range of issues with Syria topping the agenda.
“At the center of our conversation was the initiative which President Trump voiced at an early stage of his presidency, namely the creation of security zones or zones of de-escalation, in which there will be no fighting, except against the terrorists, who need to be expelled from there,” Lavrov told Russia’s Channel 1 commenting on his visit to the Oval Office earlier last week.
Lavrov emphasized that when the safe-zone initiative was approved in Astana, Russia and other delegations endorsed the deal already “bearing in mind that this practice will be extended to the rest of the territory.”
On Monday evening, National Security Advisor McMaster called a report published earlier in the day by the Washington Post “false.” “I was in the room. It didn’t happen,” McMaster told reporters outside the White House.
Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell also called the story “false” Monday.
“The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced,” Powell said.
McMaster told reporters that Trump did discuss civil aviation threats with Lavrov and Kislyak.
Former CIA agent Jack Rice believes that McMaster’s prepared statement denying “sources and methods” being disclosed, as well as anything “not already public” actually ignored “what it is that Trump apparently did,”
Trump’s first foreign trip also begins later this week and includes a stop in Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, and a May 25 NATO meeting in Brussels attended by other important U.S. allies. He also has stops planned in Israel and the Vatican. Let’s hope he continues on a path that can destroy the terrorist threat.