Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement earlier Monday that Trump discussed a "broad range of subjects" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
One of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his meeting with Lavrov was classified "Top Secret" and held in a secure "compartment" to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access. Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remembered the meeting the same way and said so. We quote him in the story saying, I get the best intel, I get great intelligence, and then proceeds to talk about this threat stream that we've all heard about, this concern that the Islamic State is preparing or attempting to use a laptop bomb on an aircraft.
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, the only identified source in WaPo's report, denies that the president leaked information the us government deemed classified.
"The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell told reporters.
National Security Advisor HR McMaster denied the president had revealed "intelligence sources or methods", but acknowledged that Trump and Lavrov "reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation".
Following last week's meeting, the White House said on May 10 that Trump spoke to the Russians about ending the conflict in Syria and reigning in the Assad regime there, as well as controlling Iran.
"This certainly raises questions about whether the president recognizes the serious implications of disclosing such sensitive information to an adversary", Engel said. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement.
Trump's meeting with the Russians came last Wednesday, the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the US elections and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
He said he would have more to say when he knows more about the news report.
The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, called Trump's conduct "dangerous" and "reckless".
The President reportedly didn't divulge the source, but it is alleged that he shared the information without the consent of the benefactor and potentially placed the source at risk. "And the shame of it is, there's a really good national security team in place.but the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes - it creates a worrisome environment". But it is unclear whether Trump formally declassified information, or disclosed information that will remain secret.
But McMaster did not deny the president disclosed classified information, and the Post is standing by its story. The Post said an official told them that Trump told the Russian officials before describing the intelligence, "I get great intel".
Republicans were more circumspect, but also expressed concern about the report.
Trump, a Republican who has called allegations of links between his campaign team and Russian Federation a "total scam", sharply criticized his 2016 election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as secretary of state, when she used a private email server. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to tweet: Protip: Dont give the Russians classified information.
"It's so mind-boggling, I don't even know what to say", said Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense during the George W. Bush administration. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m.