Some senators expressed shock — while others reacted cautiously — to a report Monday evening alleging that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State plots gleaned by a U.S. ally to senior Russian officials.
The Washington Post reported that Trump appeared to be boasting about receiving “great intel” when he allegedly made the disclosure in the Oval Office last week, which the ally had not cleared American officials to share. The White House, however, is denying that he did.“Obviously, if the allegations are true, that would be very, very troubling,” said Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker. “To compromise a source is something that you just don’t do, and that’s why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close as to prevent that from happening.”
Other senators were more measured, however.
“We just have an initial report, so it’s very difficult to comment until we get all facts. I’m not going jump to any conclusion until we get all the facts, as much as I trust The Washington Post,” Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said.
Fellow national security hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham is also waiting for further information.
“I don’t know if it’s accurate or not. If it’s accurate, it’d be troubling,” the South Carolina Republican said.