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Top House Democrat Blasts Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Sharing Of Intelligence With Russia

President Trump’s decision to give sensitive intelligence information to Russian government officials put U.S. national security at risk, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi alleged Monday.

According to The Hill, the California Democrat told her audience at a CNN-sponsored “town hall” event: “This messy approach to intelligence … is very endangering. We cannot have the president of the United States being casually loose-lipped about confirming something — even if it’s in the public domain — to an adversarial nation. … I think it goes to the preparedness, or lack thereof, of him to be president. This is sloppy, and he can correct it. But we have to know more about it. He can’t do it again.”

Pelosi was responding to a report by The Washington Post that during an Oval Office meeting on May 10 with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, Trump handed over “highly classified code-word” documents about an ISIS plot to attack laptop computers on airplanes. Israeli intelligence agents compiled the information, according to CNN.

Pelosi warned that by releasing the material, the president might have encouraged ISIS to commit more terrorist acts. “You never want the target to know they’re the target — that you’re onto them in a certain way,” she explained. “And that does — and that has — accelerated their actions in the past. So that’s another danger.”

Trump admitted Tuesday morning on Twitter that he had given the information to the Russians. He pointed that he had an “absolute right” to do so, and claimed he wanted to get Russia more involved in the effort to destroy ISIS.

Current and former national-security and intelligence officials told the Post that Russia could use the information in ways that are detrimental to the United States. However, national security adviser H.R. McMaster claimed: “the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

Pelosi responded: “The president could be saying something that’s in the public domain, but confirming it to the Russians in a way that it very dangerous. Even if the president didn’t reveal a source or method … what he did reveal could be traced very directly to a source and method. That endangers a couple things. It endangers the person or persons; the activity; it could undermine an operation that could be saving lives. And it undermines the trust that we would have with our allies. If it was on purpose, that would be terrible, and if it was accidental, that would be very terrible, too.”

Source: The Hill
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