President Trump shared classified and compromising information with the Russians, which allows them to better understand intelligence operations of the U.S. and its allies, argue Matthew Rosenberg and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times. They report that Trump shared intelligence about ISIS as well as in which Syrian city it was gotten, which helps Russia understand which American ally provided it. Trump’s decision reignites questions about his friendliness with Russia, according to Rosenberg and Schmitt.
As president, Trump has the authority to decide what information can be declassified and with whom to share it, writes Julian Zelizer of CNN. He highlights that Trump was well within his bounds tp share sensitve intel with the Russian ambassador and will therefore not face any legal repercussions. The president may have believed it to be necessary or advantageous to share the information, implies Zelizer. While somewhat unorthodox in the way he went about sharing the information, Trump had every right to do so, Zelizer concludes.