A former U.S. intelligence official on Monday broke down the implications of a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting.
If Trump unintentionally revealed the information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it would be a "shocking disregard or lack of understanding of classified information," the former official told CNBC, offering analysis as someone who has been in the room for meetings such as these.
If Trump intended to divulge the information, it would mark a significant shift in the United States' approach to intelligence alliances, the former official added.
The matter also cuts to the heart of the fallout from Trump's termination of FBI Director James Comey last week. In a tweet Friday, Trump suggested there could be recordings of their conversations. The Post's report Monday said there was a full transcript of Trump's discussion with the Russian officials.