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Trump White House enters a new state of denial

Trump White House enters a new state of denial Trump White House enters a new state of denial
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 10:58

Grassley said he didn't know himself whether the disclosures were problematic.

It is true that the president can declassify information at will. But there was nothing wrong with that, he insisted.

The disclosures late on Monday roiled the administration as it struggled to move past the backlash over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating the president's ties to Russian Federation. National security advisor H.R. McMaster said the story "as reported, is false".

"Donald Trump is out of his depth", said Gabriel Schoenfeld, a former senior adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who has written extensively about national security.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for more information about reports that Trump gave intelligence information to the Russians. Democrats and some Republicans greeted those denials skeptically.

"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 most Republicans aren't ready to renounce the president. "Mr. President", Schiff tweeted, "this isn't about your 'rights, ' but your responsibilities".

Twice on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed the controversy, calling it "drama" from the White House.

Two: Shortly thereafter on Twitter, she wrote that she had meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists".

Version One: White House aides initially disputed the premise of the reporting.

S. Korean open to North trip
He also noted that Russian Federation was ready to play a "productive" role to help resolve the North Korean issue, it added. Moon said he would send a special envoy to Russian Federation soon and Putin said he would welcome the envoy.

The White House is in a "downward spiral" and needs to do something to get "under control", Republican Senator Bob Corker said following the Post report. They note that the administration has yet to face a national or global crisis comparable to the September 11, 2001, attacks, Hurricane Katrina or the Sandy Hook school shootings.

"Lacking credibility makes dealing with crises infinitely more hard", said Alex Conant, a Republican communications strategist who advised the presidential bid of Florida Sen. "This White House has wasted credibility by arguing things like crowd size".

One: "They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia", Pence said January 15 on CBS. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a speech Tuesday to the Center for American Progress' Ideas Conference.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was to brief members of the House intelligence committee late Tuesday. He urged for such an outcome in reaction to Trump's abrupt firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was investigating Trump associates for possible collusion with Russian intelligence officials.

"It was not in the best interests of our country", King said. "I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.

Reports that the president revealed highly classified information from a US ally to Russian officials has shocked and alarmed congressional Republicans, outraged Democrats and vindicated the foreign policy-focused Republicans who never trusted Trump in the first place and are deeply troubled by the latest development. He did not deny discussing classified information. But he went on to outline "the extreme worry" scenario-the especially damaging possible consequences of the revelations: that individuals both within the USA government and among America's traditional allies might feel that the president can't be trusted with sensitive information. In this story, the Times leads with this sentence, "Intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain...to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers...aboard direct inbound flights, two senior American counterterrorism officials said".

During those conversations, Trump disclosed the city from which the intelligence was derived, McMaster confirmed.

However, since the information was divulged to top-level Russians, and Congressional Democrats are already pushing for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, that independent prosecutor - if named - might also be able to take this case into consideration.

For Trump staffers, there have been warnings they could be undercut by their boss. 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.

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