- Trump met with Russian officials last week
- The Washington Post first reported he shared highly classified information
(CNN)The crisis-battered White House battled to avert what one top GOP senator warns is a "downward spiral" on Tuesday, following reports that President Donald Trump divulged highly classified information to two top Russian visitors to the Oval Office.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
CNN's Jim Sciutto, Jeff Zeleny, Dana Bash, Elise Labott, Evan Perez, Sara Murray and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.