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President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian ambassador to the US and foreign minister during a White House meeting, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

"I don't think that it would be that hard [for Russian spy services] to figure this out", the former intelligence official told the Post.

The newspaper story said the intelligence Trump shared concerned a Daesh threat about how to make laptop bombs that prompted the USA and the U.K.in March to ban electronic devices in cabins on flights from Muslim-majority countries.

"Look, if you had to choose the worst intelligence service in the world to share top secret code information with, it would be the Russians", Price said. The president has the power to declassify virtually any secret... However, for nearly anyone else in government, discussing sensitive classified information with an adversary would be against the law, the Post reported.

According to The Washington Post, the nature of the information was related to an Islamic State terrorist threat and gathered by a United States intelligence partner.

Trump discussed details of the threat that the United States only learned through the espionage partner: how the Islamic State was pursuing a specific plot, how much harm that kind of attack could cause and the specific city in the Islamic State's territory where the USA intelligence partner detected the threat.

In April, CNN first reported that United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies believed that ISIS and other terrorist organizations had developed new ways to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security screening methods.

USA reporters were not permitted to cover the meeting.

"I was in the room, it didn't happen", McMaster told reporters after emerging. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly", he told the Post. The report notes that Trump disclosed the information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U. He departed without taking questions.

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At the time, CNN agreed to withhold key details, including the name of the city where the threat was detected, at the request of USA government officials, who were concerned that if it was revealed, it could also reveal intelligence sources and methods.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Trump White House "has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order".

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Intelligence Committee, said he'd only heard the basics of the report but called them "very serious". Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m.

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be unsafe enough", Pelosi said.

"If true, it is another indication that you can not possibly control this guy", Wayne White, who worked at the State Department under former President George W. Bush, told Politico. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely risky and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also slammed Trump and called for a briefing.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said back in July, with regard to Clinton's emails, that people who are "extremely careless" with classified information no longer should have access to it.

"The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration".


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