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Donald Trump: I shared info with Russian Federation for 'humanitarian reasons'

17 Mai 2017

And at the core of all of this seems to be the Russian situation, as well as the secret White House meeting with the Russians officials and the potential secrets that were shared.

Sen. Marco Rubio, among those who did hear from administration officials on Monday night, answered plainly when he was asked if he'd received any more clarity on what actually occurred in the meeting between Trump and Russian officials.

The reliability of White House statements was again questioned after the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week and then in this week's intelligence flap.

Spicer also said he stands by McMaster's account that it would be impossible for the president to review the source of the information, because "General McMaster made it very clear the president wasn't briefed on the information and wasn't aware of the source".

Spicer made his debut at the podium January 21 by reading a five-minute statement about the size of Trump's inauguration crowd a day earlier.

Trump tweeted that he shared the intelligence with the aim of convincing the Russians that they have a shared interest with the U.S. in fighting Islamic State. He said that sharing this information with foreign officials was "wholly appropriate".

The White House believes that the information - distributed to perhaps two dozen national security and intelligence officials after the meeting between President Trump and Russian diplomats - led to a story about the intelligence-sharing in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard reported.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disputed the report.

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When that ended, Mr Trump asked everyone to leave except Mr Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Mr Flynn. The administration's attempts to defend the leak only underlined the continuing chaos in the White House.

But all was said to be fine until pictures from the meeting leaked out, angering the White House, who realized that the only people who could have taken and then leaked the photos was the Russian news agency.

The back-to-back controversies threatened to further erode the credibility of the White House, which was already diminishing.

"They tricked us. That's the problem with the Russians - they lie."

"It is unquestionably important to protect the sources and methods we use to collect intelligence", he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. He included specific details.

McMaster, in a White House briefing, said: "In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged". At first, the White House pinned the decision on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who'd written a scathing memo about Comey's handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton's use of email. But Trump's advisers could hardly call it a success, with the West Wing suddenly grappling with another firestorm: Whether the President asked FBI Director James Comey to close the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

But in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt two days later, Trump said he had long planned to sack his controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the intelligence uproar a distraction from GOP priorities such as tax reform and replacing the health care law. But such an ability carries the presumption that in doing so, the president would exercise the highest levels of judgment, discretion and goal, carefully weighing possible repercussions and first communicating the plan with the source nation. "I hope you can let this go". But there was nothing wrong with that, he insisted. The White House was already reeling from its botched handling of Trump's decision last week to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

But his overarching point was an understated, yet notable statement being repeated in one iteration or another by lawmakers and aides alike - an ambitious agenda will, at some point, depend on the President to pull it across the finish line, with help from the White House welcome.

One: "President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre", Conway said February 3 on MSNBC. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

Version One: White House aides initially disputed the premise of the reporting.

Donald Trump: I shared info with Russian Federation for 'humanitarian reasons'