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Reports Trump shared info worrying: Little

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

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It's worrying if reports US President Donald Trump gave confidential or sensitive security information about Islamic State to Russia's foreign minister are correct, Labour leader Andrew Little.

He says it's important that all partners to intelligence networks, including Five Eyes which includes New Zealand, the US, Australia, the UK and Canada, maintain the integrity of the network.

"I think it's important, for those security relationships and partnerships to operate, that everybody's got to trust each other and in the end it's a matter for this government to make a judgement right now about whether that trust is there," he said.

Mr Little said "we have to be concerned" if countries outside ordinary security networks were getting information that should not be shared.

Donald Trump © Noam Galai/WireImage/Getty Images Donald Trump The Washington Post has claimed Mr Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting at the White House last week.

They claim the information was provided by an intelligence partner and was so sensitive it was not even shared with allies.

A White House security advisor has criticised the story as "false", saying no intelligence sources or methods were discussed, nor were any military operations not already publicly known.

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