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Donald Trump hits back over Russian information sharing

Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 11:07

The report that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials last week drew condemnation from Democrats on Tuesday, as they renewed their call for a special prosecutor. They got there just before the news upended Washington, and early enough that it wasn't a hot dinner discussion topic.

But she hints it will be discussed further.

US intelligence-sharing agreements include the Five Eyes program with Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. "The problem is that the stakes keep getting larger and more dangerous.But really. how insecure and needy and clueless to you have to be to brag to the Russians that you get highly classified info?"

GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters the Trump White House "has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order".

Typically, before disclosing intelligence to another country, there would be an evaluation of costs and benefits, close consultation with the US intelligence community, and detailed consideration of how much to say and in what words so as to mitigate risks.

Multiple media outlets, including CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, are now reporting Israel was the source of the information. The White House was already reeling from its botched handling of Trump's decision last week to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern about the president's disclosures. Sen.

In his speech on the House floor, Pascrell referenced Trump's decision to fire Comey, who was directing an investigation into whether the president's campaign colluded with Russian officials.

That touches on the central criticism of Trump's reported revelations to the Russians: that the president, by offering a specific piece of intelligence with a source that could be traced, potentially exposed "sources and methods" of spying that are among the most closely held secrets of any nation's intelligence gathering.

But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter - and he said it was no big deal.

Trump tried to explain what he said in two crack-of-dawn tweets Tuesday, writing that he "wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". What's most important, the president said, is that authorities "find the leakers in the intelligence community".

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda", he told Bloomberg Business. Elizabeth, had also called for a suspension of classified briefings for Clinton because of questions about her email.

Trump White House enters a new state of denial
Twice on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed the controversy, calling it "drama" from the White House. During those conversations, Trump disclosed the city from which the intelligence was derived, McMaster confirmed.

A third diplomatic source representing a country that shares intelligence with both Russian Federation and the United States told CNN that since Trump's reported revelations seemed to be a mistake, there is less concern than if the information was deliberately shared by the CIA to another country.

The U.S. official said that Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence in last week's meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak.

Yet, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said, "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence sharing relationship with the U.S". But Trump's national security adviser has not said whether that's what happened in the Oval Office last week.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

He did not dispute the accuracy of the details - as the administration appeared to do the previous day.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that Trump "in no way undermined sources or methods" while speaking recently with top Russian officials.

But there are other laws that could come into play when sensitive information is disclosed to harm the US, according to David Pozen, who teaches national security law at Columbia Law School. He used the words "wholly appropriate" nine separate times.

That was the view of Charlie Sykes, formerly a longtime conservative talk show host in Wisconsin, who added that Trump "doesn't seem to care to learn".

"Russia is not part of the ISIS coalition", Olsen said.

Two: Days later, Spicer distanced himself from those statements, saying he had been told to make them.

The US also maintains open intelligence-sharing relationships with allies like France, Germany and Japan. And jeopardizing our allies and sources who are assisting us in this war against these terrorists is a grave error.

"Russia is not one of them". So we have good friends, good allies, good people. "They do not have our best interest at heart".

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