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Israel was source for some of the information shared with Russian officials

17 Mai 2017

But the president insisted he had the "absolute right" to share "facts terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation. He then shifted the focus from his conduct to prod the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community".

He dismissed outrage over President Trump's disclosures as United States politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

In a narrowly worded denial Monday night, national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that the Post story about the meeting "as reported" was false.

"The President, by revealing this to the Russians, has lost control of this information. That's what he did".

As President, Mr Trump has the power to disclose classified information as he chooses. Especially troubling was that a foreign country provided the intelligence confidentially to the U.S. President Erdogan opposes the USA moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

Lee, R-Utah, said he wants an accounting of what was discussed.

The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with US intelligence agencies.

The revelation that Trump had shared that intelligence with Russian officials was Israel's "worst fears confirmed", said one of the intelligence officers.

The Washington Post withheld details about the intelligence-sharing arrangement and plot at the request of White House officials, who cited concern over national security. As The New York Times noted, this indicates the information is still too sensitive to release.

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"Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump", Dermer said. 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.

One can only imagine how exhausted and furious Republican lawmakers are getting about all of the drama, controversy, and utter nonsense coming from the White House, torpedoing their legislative agenda. "To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge?"

But Defense Secretary James Mattis said that USA allies had not expressed concerns to him about the possibility that sensitive intelligence may have been compromised, noting that he spoke to two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Tuesday and "it never came up". That was untrue, something the White House blamed on Flynn when Trump fired him a month later.

Louis, was one of Trump's toughest critics, tweeting Tuesday that "dangerous incompetence" by the president "could cost lives and jeopardize national security".

McMaster sought to play down the significance of Trump's disclosures during a briefing at the White House. Then Spicer briefly appeared to say McMaster would speak outside soon, prompting a mass exodus to a bank of microphones set up in the West Wing driveway.

Their moves - which include calls for a special prosecutor in the probe into his campaign's ties to Russia and criticism of his reported sharing of classified information in an Oval Office meeting with top Russian emissaries - are the latest evidence that Trump is becoming politically toxic for the Republican Party headed into the 2018 midterm elections. He added that, "at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed", an allegation that was not made in the story, and that Trump "did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known".

Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta called Trump a "loose cannon" Tuesday morning in an appearance on CNN. McMaster spitballed that this happened "maybe from an overabundance of caution".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also called the story "disturbing", adding, "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

"The question is simply a yes or no question here: Did the president share classified information with the Russians in that meeting?"