Israel was source for some of information shared with the Russians

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 19, 2017

But then Trump seemingly admitted sharing information, tweeting Tuesday: "As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation. which I have the absolute right to do".

Washington Post reported claims from anonymous sources Trump shared intelligence details with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Islamic State. According to the Israelis who were present in the meeting, the Americans recommended that until it is made clear that Trump is not inappropriately connected to Russian Federation and is not being extorted - Israel should avoid revealing sensitive sources to administration officials for fear the information would reach the Iranians. He used the words "wholly appropriate" nine separate times. "This story is likely to be immensely consequential".

"Decisions about what President Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for President Trump", May told a news conference when asked whether Trump's disclosure had made her reluctant to share intelligence with him.

Yesterday, McMaster denied the story outright.

Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, a senior U.S official told The Associated Press. Reports surfaced in early April that United States officials had detected the plot over the course of several months, and passengers flying into the U.S. from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa were promptly banned from carrying their laptops on board. "The premise of that article was false", he said. I was in the room.

Monday's report became the latest in a wave of White House gaffes, flubs and bumbles.

When asked whether he was concerned that Trump's disclosure might discourage other USA allies from sharing sensitive intelligence with the United States in the future, McMaster replied, "No, I'm not concerned at all".

Since coming to office in January, Trump has lurched from crisis to crisis, lampooning the intelligence services, law enforcement and the media along the way. Last week, the president fired Comey, who had been overseeing the FBI's ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign played a role in Russia's election meddling. This news shocked the public and sent White House staffers scrambling to hide in offices.

Anthony Cordesman, a national security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said allies will be trying to size up Trump's "actual political strength relative to the divisions with Congress, the problems within his own party".

The episode is the latest woe for Trump, whose administration is engulfed in a series of scandals linked to Russian Federation.

The controversy engulfed the White House. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening".

WELNA: But at the liberal Washington think tank Center for American Progress, another senator, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, suggested Trump may not have even understood he'd broken protocol by over-sharing with the Russians.

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing".

On Monday afternoon, the Washington Post broke the story that Trump revealed classified information about ISIS militants during a meeting with Russian officials last week that took place just after Comey's dismissal.

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