Israel to maintain strong military ties with US

Posted May 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, raising the stakes in an affair that has sent the White House into a tailspin.

McMaster told reporters that Trump "wasn't even aware" of where the information came from.

Putin said that Russian Federation is ready to provide the US Congress with the transcript of the talks between Trump and Lavrov if Washington considers it appropriate, APA reports citing Sputnik. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

The officials said the information Mr Trump relayed during the Oval Office meeting had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement.

John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and a former counterterrorism and intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security, said that such revelations could have consequences down the road in cut ties from intelligence sources.

"During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

It just says the people in the meeting "did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

Powell flatly said: "This story is false". Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov "is a step towards that".

The Times reported that, according to a current and a former American official, it was information that Israel relayed to the United States. The officials said Trump's revelations endangered cooperation with the USA ally, which is reported to have access to the workings of the Islamic State.

The disclosures roiled the administration as it struggled to move past the backlash over Trump's abrupt firing on May 9 of FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser says Trump didn't know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from.

The paper said Mr Comey had documented what he saw as Mr Trump's improper efforts to influence him.

Trump has also attacked leakers of classified information in the past.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday that Trump should tell the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence exactly what information he shared with the Russian diplomats.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team "were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information". Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the intelligence uproar a distraction from GOP priorities such as tax reform and replacing the health care law.