Donald Trump hits back over Russian information sharing

Posted May 19, 2017

In a series of morning tweets, Trump declared he has "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump's actions were "wholly appropriate". "One of the key principles of protecting sources and methods is to never share the information you get from those sources".

"Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House", Corbyn said in a speech on May 12.

President Donald Trump didn't appear to break any law by sharing highly classified information with Russian Federation, but that doesn't make it any less problematic for America's intelligence agencies and their overseas partners. "I have been asking director Comey and others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the leakers in the intelligence community", Trump said.

If the report is true, "it would only confirm to many who say off the record they were concerned Israeli intelligence would find its way to Russian Federation", said David Schenker, a former Pentagon official now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

At last week's White House meeting with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador, Donald Trump shared classified intelligence information related to an ISIS plot to smuggle bombs onto airline flights via laptop computers.

But the intelligence scandal could corrode trust among allies who shared classified information with the United States on the understanding that it will go no further. "I have people brief me on great intel every day".

The relationship with the U.S. "is unprecedented in its contribution to our strength".

How does this complicate things for the White House? That was untrue, something the White House blamed on Flynn when Trump fired him a month later.

The fact that Israel - one of America's closest allies - was the source of the information passed on to Russian Federation, will complicate Mr Trump's first trip, on which he is due to embark this week.

In a statement Tuesday, Armed Services Chairman John McCain called the reports that Trump shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials "deeply disturbing".

"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.

But other nations appeared to be reconsidering.

"There could be a risk for our sources", said the official. And in a statement, she described the high stakes of the new reports.

Speaking to Russian news agencies on Wednesday Yuri Ushakov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, would not comment the contents of last week's talks among Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

McMaster told reporters everything discussed in that meeting was already publicly available. "So 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 and that's one of the lovely things that's happening with Turkey", he said. It also asserted that Trump revealed secrets known only to an US intelligence partner.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to have immediate access to a transcript of Trump's meeting with the Russians, saying that if Trump refuses, Americans will doubt that their president is capable of safeguarding critical secrets.

The information Mr. Trump revealed to the Russians came from a USA partner and had not been cleared to be shared with the Russians.

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

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to give the committee any notes that Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. They said it was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the USA government.