Israel, a close ally of the United States, was the source of secret intelligence that President Donald Trump reportedly shared with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week, according to multiple reports. "We're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years and we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible".
Three White House officials who were in the May 10 meeting strongly denounced the story, saying no intelligence sources and methods were discussed - but they didn't deny that classified information was disclosed.
US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday that it was "wholly appropriate" for President Donald Trump to share classified information with Russian officials during their meeting in the Oval Office last week.
"The president wasn't even aware where this information came from", said McMaster.
"We don't say what's classified, what's not classified". And testimony on Capitol Hill.
He added that Congress must subpoena any transcripts and tapes to determine what exactly Trump may have said.
Trump did not directly address the claim that he shared classified secrets.
Trump, a Republican who has called allegations of links between his campaign team and Russian Federation a "total scam", sharply criticized his 2016 election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as secretary of state, when she used a private email server.
CNN says Erdogan hopes to persuade President Trump to halt plans to transfer antitank weapons to Syrian Kurds, which Turkey fears will ultimately cross into its borders.
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Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, whose Miami-area district went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, compared Trump's actions to Clinton - whom Republicans lambasted during the campaign for keeping classified information on her personal email server. And it could pull attention from Republicans' policy priorities.
During an off-camera press gaggle Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he couldn't comment on the reports that Israel was the source, but he echoed Dermer's statement. The Trump administration recently barred the use of laptops in passenger cabins from several countries in the Middle East and is mulling expanding the ban to cover Europe.
Comey was sacked as FBI Director last week. Russian Federation is the main supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and an ally of Iran, one of Israel's principal adversaries.
What a awful question the nation must consider of its president: Is the blustery billionaire leaking to the Russians because they helped him win the election, or because he doesn't know what he's doing?
Mr Trump's administration was left red-faced after Moscow released pictures of what was meant to be a closed-door meeting.
For Mr Trump's tired allies in Congress, the crisis brought more headaches from an administration struggling to make its legislative mark.
"I think it was inappropriate, I think if there is a tape we need to know about it". Senator John McCain was the only Republican to speak out.
But he added: "Let's wait and see what this was all about first".
As president, Trump has the ability to disclose classified information largely as he chooses.
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