MOSCOW — The backlash to President Trump’s alleged disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats rippled across Europe on Tuesday as Russian officials denied the reports, while U.S. allies said they might limit information sharing with the White House.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared highly classified information in a controversial Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, potentially jeopardizing a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
In response, a European intelligence official, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said E.U. countries may limit information sharing with the White House because it “could be a risk for our sources.”
On Tuesday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman denied that Trump revealed classified information during last week’s meeting, while President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the report “another piece of nonsense, and we do not want to have anything to do with this nonsense at all.”
“There is nothing here to confirm or deny,” he added during a telephone briefing with journalists.
Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, posted a comment on Facebook that described the reports of Trump’s disclosures as “yet another fake.”
But the denials from Moscow were expected as a way to potentially deflect demands for further details.
Shortly after the Russian statements, however, Trump posted tweets saying that “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety” were shared during the White House meeting May 10.
Trump added in the tweets that he has the “absolute right” to share the information, which was described to The Washington Post as highly classified and intended to remain only within a tight circle of allies.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining . . . to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump wrote. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism,” he added, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group.