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TIMELINE: Trump’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Officials

It’s the story that’s shaking up Washington, D.C. Catch up on what actually happened between President Trump and key Russian officials.

Sergey Lavrov

Get the latest on the allegations that President Trump shared classified, sensitive information on ISIS with Russian foreign officials with NTK Network’s timeline.

May 9

May 10

  • President Trump hosts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at the White House; an official statement says the three discussed Syria, Ukraine, and the Middle East
  • U.S. media complains that they were shut out of covering the meeting while a photographer for one of Russia’s state-run media outlets had access to Trump and the Russians

May 11

  • White House officials tell U.S. media they’re angry with the Russians for ‘trolling‘ Trump with its tweets and photos from the prior day’s meeting

May 15

  • 5pm: A Washington Post report alleges Trump “revealed highly classified information” in the meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak; specifically, Trump revealed sensitive details of “the inner workings” of ISIS
    • The Post report lays out how this can impact U.S. security: “Russia could use that detail to help identify the U.S. ally or intelligence capability involved”
  • 6:30pm: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), a key Republican on foreign affairs issues, criticizes Trump over the Post report: “something that you just don’t do
  • 7:15pm: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says the Post report is false as written
  • Evening: The New York Times‘ reporting says it’s a “Middle Eastern ally that closely guards its own secrets” who provided the sensitive information that Trump shared with Russia

May 16

  • 6:45am: “Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman denies reports that Trump revealed classified information to senior officials.”
  • 7:05am: @realDonaldTrump appears to acknowlege he shared sensitive information: “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. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
  • 8:20am: Reuters reporting suggests U.S. allies will still share sensitive intelligence with the White House, despite Trump’s unusual disclosures
  • 12:45pm: McMaster stands by his statement that the “premise” of WaPo‘s article is “false
  • 12:45pm: McMaster says Trump “wasn’t even aware of where this information came from” when he shared it
  • 1:45pm: NYT reveals that Israel was the source of the information that Trump shared with Russian officials

May 17