Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 2:35
Two U.S. officials said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump's short tenure in office.
US President Donald Trump said yesterday that his Oval Office meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was "very, very successful" and would help promote the fight against terrorism, adding to his earlier defense of sharing information with Russian officials. Trump has admitted he shared information with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, saying he had every right to do so.
Lavrov arrived in Nicosia on Thursday to attend a foreign ministers' meeting of the Council of Europe at the end of Cyprus's presidency this month.
Some of the intelligence President Trump provided to Russian officials is so secret that American news organizations are still being asked not to report it, two US officials told NBC News.
He joked that some USA media were acting like communist newspapers in the former Soviet Union and not offering real news. "It's true, I get the impression, that many USA media are working in this vein".
"As far as I can recall, maybe one month or two months before, the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven Middle Eastern countries".
The fake news from The Washington Post had some truth, Trump did share some information, not secrets, information that will save lives and prevent terrorist attacks.
Lavrov was in Cyprus on Thursday for talks with his Cypriot counterpart.
The report claims the information had been obtained from "a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement", and was not authorized to be shared with Russian Federation, the US' allies, or even within much of the U.S. government.
Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the US and Russian Federation, and he hoped the meeting between Mr. Trump and Lavrov would prove "a step towards that". A Washington Post story has accused him of revealing classified information to Russian officials.