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May152017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Trump disclosure of classified information to to Russian officials?: "Trump revealed highly classified material to Russian foreign minister and ambassador"; also, "Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say" ....

***President Donald Trump, Trump disclosure of classified information to Russian officials?

* Washington Post (Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe):  "Trump revealed highly classified material to Russian foreign minister and ambassador" - From the WP:

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency .....................

***ALSO:

* New York Times (Matthew Rosenberg, Eric Schmitt):  "Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say"