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US President Donald Trump and his administration are on the defensive against allegations of improper links to Russia. AFP

By Ogbolu George with agency report

President of the United States Donald Trump has said that he had an ”absolute right” to share classified intelligence information with Russia.

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”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,” he wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

”Plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism,” he continued.

Classified information

It was reported by Washington Post on Monday that Trump disclosed that highly classified information about the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group during a meeting last week with Russian envoys in the Oval Office.

White House officials while denying the allegations, called the story ”false.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied the reports, calling them ”yet another fake” by the US media.

American newspapers

NAN reports that a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, on Tuesday advised that people don’t read American newspapers, in response to U.S. media reports that President Donald Trump had disclosed classified intelligence at a meeting with Russian officials.

Zakharova said she had received dozens of messages asking about the reports, which have been denied by the White House.

”Guys, have you been reading American newspapers again?” she wrote on her Facebook page. ”You shouldn’t read them.

”You can put them to various uses, but you shouldn’t read them. Lately it’s become not only harmful, but dangerous too.”