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Sen. Collins calls Trump revelation of classified info 'very troubling'

17 Mai 2017

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft.

"If someone gives the USA very sensitive information... it is prohibited to give the information to a third party - for sure not to Russian Federation who has ties with Iran and Syria", he told The Jerusalem Post. Other outlets, including The Associated Press, later confirmed that report.

The report claims Trump shared a USA ally's closely guarded intelligence on ISIS with the Russian ambassador and the foreign minister.

The intelligence Trump shared related to the Islamic State's bomb-making capabilities.

According to multiple reports, it was Israel which provided Washington the top secret information he revealed.

When questioned by the press, McMaster did not answer a question about whether the information shared by Trump was secret or not.

Toomey first suggested that Trump pick Garland, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and former prosecutor for the Department of Justice, in a radio interview on Friday.

The disclosure was so sensitive that White House officials immediately contacted the National Security Agency and CIA after Trump's meeting to try to minimise the damage. However, officials anxious he had given the Russians enough details to be able to identify the source themselves.

Republicans, caught off-guard, insisted they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

Earlier on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that Trump had "in no way compromised" his sources by sharing the sensitive intelligence, adding that "the president wasn't even aware of where this information came from".

However, Collins disputed the wisdom of revealing information.

SHAPIRO: Explain why it would be concerning that the president would disclose information like that to the Russians.

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One official said Trump and other senior staffers did not plan to "publicly throw him under the bus", but there is a sense of deep frustration at him for sounding the alarm and "freelancing", as one official described it, by alerting national security officials to the President's message to the Russians.

But is he willing to use classified information as a bargaining chip to do so? Russian Federation is aligned with Iran, which is considered a major threat to Israel - the information Trump gave Russian Federation could end up in Iran's hands. Allied agencies can not credibly threaten to withhold information in the future, given their relatively small size and the fact they are beholden to the pipeline of the multibillion-dollar US intelligence community.

"But I will say this: we have a very long-standing and very successful relationship with our Five Eyes allies", Goodale told reporters, referring to the western security and intelligence alliance that includes Canada and the USA, along with Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

"There is a special understanding of security co-operation between our countries".

Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush, said on Twitter that if Trump had given the classified material to the Russians deliberately, "it would be treason". "That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed", the officer said. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, said he needed to catch up on the news after spending the week vacationing with his grandchildren. Ryan's aides countered that in the same July 2016 opinion piece, Ryan also said those classified briefings could resume if Clinton were actually elected.

However the revelations raised eyebrows on all sides of the political divide including from his own party.

In a statement senior Republican John McCain called the revelations deeply disturbing.

Trump reportedly shared the information during last week's White House meeting and even boasted about the intelligence he had.

An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them: "I get great intel". In hindsight, one official said, McMaster should have taken questions Monday night after his brief statement.

Last week's Oval Office meeting between Trump and Lavrov was held behind closed doors and the White House banned media from attending. Bob Corker of Tennessee - have been calling on the White House to change.

The Russian Embassy also released a picture of a smiling Trump shaking hands with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign.