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McCain calls reports of Trump sharing info with Russian Federation 'deeply disturbing'

17 Mai 2017

Trump's team dismissed the original reports as fake on Monday, though the President himself seemed to confirm some aspects of them by taking to Twitter Tuesday morning and saying he "wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".

The Israelis said they had full confidence in the intelligence-sharing relationship with the US, contradicting reports earlier this year that the Israelis had considered withholding secrets from Trump, at the urging of American colleagues anxious about their own boss.

President Trump shared intelligence from Israel in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a report says.

As the head of the executive branch, Trump has the legal authority to disclose intelligence information, she said, but "the system assumes that a president acts in the interest of USA national security and that a president would not disclose intelligence information in a way that could be harmful simply in order to boast about his own access".

Later Tuesday, in a briefing with reporters on the President's upcoming foreign trip, McMaster stood by his Monday comments but seemingly nodded to the fact Trump had disclosed information. And while some GOP lawmakers privately express frustration with the president's distractions and crisis-prone administration, there's been little public condemnation of Trump, who remains popular with the GOP base.

The diplomat - who spoke to CNN on the condition that neither their name nor country were identified - said allied agencies could explore ways to share specific information through channels used only by military and intelligence officials. "He wasn't briefed on the source of this information".

Additionally, the meeting raised alarm bells in Washington because it came one day after Trump chose to fire FBI Director James Comey while the bureau investigated his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation. The president had been engaging in "routine sharing" with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called for an immediate briefing for the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

The revelations are the latest crises to hit the White House, with aides trying to put out the fire and find the source of the leaks on Monday.

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Trump is protected under an executive order that was signed by Barack Obama in 2009 establishing a uniform system for "classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information".

The intelligence was "code-word information", the Post reported.

Trump's meeting with top Russian diplomats last week came one day after he threw his administration into turmoil by taking the rare step of firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The Post report said Trump appeared to be boasting of the "great intel" he receives when he described a looming terror threat, citing an official with knowledge of the exchange.

The White House's botched handling of Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation probe, and the president's own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the usa leader's standing.

Dina Powell, the White House deputy national security adviser, says: "This story is false".

Trump's national security adviser also insisted Tuesday the story was no big deal.

"For us it's not an issue", Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov said.

The report, quoting an unnamed USA official, said, "This (the information shared) is code-word information". John McCain, R. -Ariz., said the intelligence sharing was "deeply disturbing". Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful". The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.