Donald Trump likes the Russians. No, he really likes the Russians. He takes their money to invest in his properties, he brags about knowing their leaders (and then denies it) and now, he hangs out with them in the Oval Office for chats about classified information — and probably ice cream. (Russian spies get three scoops!)
But yes, the part about brazenly divulging classified information happened. The day after firing FBI director James Comey, President Trump met with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Sessions’ and Flynn’s bestie). US news reporters were not allowed in the meeting, but the Russian “news service” was let in. By all accounts, though, good times were had by all! The Russian propagandists — oops, we mean “news service” — tweeted pics of Trump shaking hands with the Russians. And then Trump started showing off the size of the intelligence community’s apparatus.
According to the Washington Post (and almost instantly confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed… and then confirmed by Reuters, the AP and others) President Trump bragged about info on the Islamic State that had been gathered and relayed to the US by an ally in the fight against global terrorism. This information was considered so sensitive that it had been withheld from other allies, tightly restricted and code-word protected even within the U.S. government, officials quoted in the Post’s story claimed.
“Russia could identify our sources or techniques,” from Trump’s mindless babbling, a senior U.S. official said to the Post. While Trump didn’t give specifics, a former intelligence official who handled high-level intelligence on Russia said that given the clues Trump provided, “I don’t think that it would be that hard [for Russian spy services] to figure this out.”
The revelations Trump let loose were bad enough that, according to the Post, “Thomas P. Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter terrorism, quickly called the directors of both the CIA and the NSA, the services most directly involved in the intelligence-sharing arrangement with the partner” and broke the bad news. It is not known if they tore out all their hair or only part of it. Official transcripts were scrubbed of President Trumps remarks as most receiving the reports would not have clearance to read them.
The White House denies everything, calling the story “fake news”. They call everything “fake news”. It’s kinda their thing.
No one knows why President Trump became so talkative in front of the Russians. It used to be the Russians had to plant spies and sleeper agents in government, slowly worming their ways toward higher positions of power and influence. Now, why bother with the expense? Just get a meeting with the President of the United States and bait him into talking about how great he is. Compliment him on his hair, his crowd sizes or his strategic anti-terrorism intelligence networks.
Oh, and don’t forget to smile for the Russian “news service.”