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U.S. media: Trump disclosed classified info to Russian FM

May 16, 2017, 7:28 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump met Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week.
(Source: Conecta Abogados/flickr)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief tenure in the White House added yet another controversy on Monday after two U.S. officials said that the president shared highly classified information with Russia’s foreign minister last week.

According to a report published in the Washington Post, the shared intelligence, pertaining to a planned Islamic State operation, came from a U.S. ally and was divulged by Trump without any consultation, which risks a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, writes Reuters.

The story could have “enormous” consequences as it involves a Russian connection and also because the Republicans had been severely critical of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of top-secret information in the past, notes the BBC.

National Security Adviser HR McMaster rejected the allegations, saying that the president “did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”