Russia denies Trump shared classified information

Russia denies Trump shared classified information
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Russia is pushing back against reports that President Trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to Russian officials during a White House meeting.

On Facebook, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, referred to the reports as "yet another fake," The Associated Press reported.

The Washington Post first reported late Monday that Trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador while meeting with them last week.

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Trump allegedly revealed “code-word information” related to threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that had been provided by a U.S. ally in the region, according to the Post.

One U.S. official told new newspaper that the information was so sensitive it had not been provided to U.S. allies.

Trump discussed the information, according to the report, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office during a meeting last Wednesday — a day after he fired former FBI Director James Comey.

The White House on Monday evening pushed back on the reports. Speaking outside the White House, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said: "The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false."

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