White House in crisis mode again as questions swirl over reports on Russia intelligence sharing

16 May

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation,” Mr McMaster said. “At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

But what, precisely, had been misreported?

The Post cited current and former US officials who said Mr Trump had shared classified details with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. They said the information, which had been provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement, was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.

The Post story did not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered, as Mr McMaster’s denial suggested.

Reporters immediately returned to Mr Spicer’s office, hungry for answers.

As they huddled in a hallway, one reporter for the conservative One America News Network spotted a handful of staffers, including Mr Spicer and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking not far from Spicer’s office.

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