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U.S. President releases top secret information

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Last week, United States president Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian minister and ambassador in the oval office. The news of the release was shared publicly on May 15, 2017. Trump explained that he had the right to share facts with whomever he wanted. Many people believe that it’s not okay that Trump shared our secret information.

Trump revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies,” according to U.S. Government officials. The people in the meeting believed they should share the fact that Trump gave out details because of the high confidentiality of the information.

With the information given, the Russians “could identify secret sources and methods, and potentially compromise a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State terror group,” according to USA Today. This could negatively affect not only the Islamic states, but the United States, especially if Russia decided to use the information against us.

“As President I wanted to share with Russia, which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump stated on twitter. He later stated that he only did it to increase their desire to “fight against ISIS and terrorism.” Trump has spent a big chunk of his presidency finding ways to fight against ISIS, so maybe he really was thinking it through.

Trump is correct when he says that he has absolute right to disclose the information, because as the president, he will not be prosecuted or disciplined, but could be impeached. Although, just because he’s the president, doesn’t mean that the information shared at the meeting wasn’t risky business. Now that the event is out to the public, it’s been made known to U.S. allies, and that may cause them to lose their trust in us.

“Our fight is against ISIS,” Trump said in a tweet. ISIS is an extremely dangerous terrorist group that has a very strong target on the U.S., and we can use all the help we can get, but this doesn’t excuse the fact that Trump made a very big mistake.

We don’t know what Russia is going to do with the information, but we do know that what they choose to do with it will either positively affect us or negatively affect us. There is no in between with this one, it’s only black or white.

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