Donald Trump revealed to Russia‘s foreign minister and ambassador highly classified information while he visited the White House last week. Reportedly, a former U.S. official disclosed the information to The Washington Post. The source says that the disclosed information could jeopardize a vital source of intelligence on the Islamic state, reports ABC News.
The classified information that Trump shared had been provided to the White House through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The informative is considered so classified and “sensitive” that the details have been kept from allies and restricted even within the U.S. Government, reports the New York Times.
The partner in this situation, Israel, did not give Donald Trump the permission to share the highly-protected information with Russia or anyone else.
Israel is a vital ally to the United States and it runs one of the world’s most active espionage networks in the entire Middle East. By revealing secret information, it could cut the United States off from receiving vital sensitive information from Israel. Israeli officials refuse to reveal if the information that Donald Trump leaked was information provided by them, but the information Trump leaked was about an Islamic State plot.
Rom Deemer, the United States ambassador to Israel, recently stated that Israel had full confidence in its intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.S. and that it looks forward to continuing its relationship with Donald Trump, reports CNN.
Donald Trump turned to Twitter to state that he had an “absolute right” to share the information with the Russians. He went on to call the meeting “very, very successful.”
Now it appears Vladimir Putin is coming to Trump’s aid. On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin said that he would willingly provide The United States Senate with a transcript of the meeting between Trump and the Russian ambassador.
Putin stated that he was prepared to release a transcript of Lavrov’s meeting with Trump in the Oval Office. He said that if the U.S. Senate asks for the transcript he will gladly supply it. Putin made these statements during a news conference being held at Sochi’s Black Sea Resort. Putin is there visiting with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentilioni. Putin and the Italian Prime Minister are speaking at the conference.
Russia’s Putin said he would not give his opinion of Trump’s actions. He added that he would leave judgment to the American people. He did say though that America had political schizophrenia going on. He stated that there was no other explanation for the repeated accusations that Donald Trump is up against.
By Tammy Marie Rose