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Poll: Most disapprove of Trump giving intel to Russia

More than half of registered voters, 58 percent, disapprove of President Trump sharing highly classified national security information with Russian officials, according to a new poll.

The Washington Post on Monday reported that Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House last week.

Only 22 precent in the Politico/Morning Consult survey released Friday said sharing such information is appropriate, and 20 percent were unsure or had no opinion.

{mosads}Pollsters found respondents have low confidence in Trump’s ability to handle highly classified national security information.

Forty-one percent said they were “not confident at all,” 14 percent were “not too confident,” 17 percent were “somewhat confident,” 22 percent were “very confident” and 6 percent were uncertain or had no opinion.

Forty-four percent additionally said that government officials were right to leak that Trump shared sensitive information with Russian officials to the media, while 39 percent said they should have kept quiet.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump relayed information from a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Trump’s “code-word information” disclosure risks damaging the relation with the intelligence source, which has access to ISIS’s inner workings.

Morning Consult conducted its latest survey of 1,970 registered voters via online surveys from May 16 to 18. It has a 2 percentage point margin of error.

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