Donald Trump ‘revealed highly classified intelligence’ to Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister

16 May

“I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president apparently told his Russian guests.

The source of the intelligence had not given Washington authorisation to share it with Moscow. Officials told the New York Times, the fear was that Russia will be able to identify how the information was collected.

If true, it is unlikely that Mr Trump has broken any law. As president, he has broad authority to declassify government secrets.

Republicans and Democrats react with shock

Dick Durbin, a leading Democratic senator, said Mr Trump’s conduct was “dangerous” and “reckless”. 

“This conduct by the president is not only dangerous, it’s reckless. It is reckless for him to disclose to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, sensitive, top secret information,” Mr Durbin told reporters outside the Senate.

Classified information cannot be kept from a US president, Mr Durbin added, but he hoped Republicans would make it clear to Mr Trump that his conduct “jeopardises our national security”.

Some Republicans expressed shock at the development, with Senator Bob Corker stating that the Trump White House “has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order”.

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