Tillerson denies report Trump shared classified information with Lavrov

Tillerson denies report Trump shared classified information with Lavrov

US President Donald Trump did not discuss "sources, methods or military operations" in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, after reports that Trump disclosed classified information.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations," Tillerson said in a statement.

US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster also denied a report that President Trump shared highly classified information with Russian government officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known," the Washington Examiner cited McMaster as saying.

US Deputy national security adviser for strategy Dina Powell also pronounced the reports as false. "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced," Powell said in a statement.


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