White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'
White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'
17 May, 2017, 10:59
A US ally provided the information, the official said, meaning it wasn't necessarily Trump's to share with anyone else.
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", said Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer in a statement.
Asked on Bloomberg about the report Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I think we can do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare". This time around, the Postreported, the intelligence came from a United States ally that hadn't authorized Washington to share it, a development that could shatter essential trust for intelligence and counterterrorism cooperation. He was then asked about four claims in the story: that Trump had shared classified information, that he had revealed the city where the crucial intelligence was obtained, that the information he shared came from a USA intelligence partner, and that Bossert had subsequently contacted the CIA and NSA.
One day after officials declared that reports about Trump's discussions with the Russians were false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president had been engaging in "routine sharing of information" with foreign leaders. "He wasn't briefed on the source and method of the information either", McMaster told reporters.
The Post report said Trump appeared to be boasting of the "great intel" he receives when he described a looming terror threat, citing an official with knowledge of the exchange.
Trump defended himself in a series of tweets Tuesday, sayinghe had the "absolute right" to share information about terrorism threats with the Russians, but his message notably lacked any reference to whether the information is classified.
Trump shared information about a threat from the Islamic State group while hosting Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington.
"At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly", said McMaster, who participated in the meeting. "Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians".
Powell said: "This story is false". The article said that Trump wanted to impress the Russians about the intelligence information we can get and in bragging about it spilled top secret information. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.
Two: Trump and senior White House advisers learned January 26 that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak; Trump fired Flynn on February 13 for lying to Pence, after news reports described the Flynn-Kislyak talks. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".
"I was in the room, it didn't happen", McMaster told reporters.
"Duckworth said: "For a president who complains so much about leaks, this is stunning".
How secret was the information which Donald Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office? Trump has frequently said he wants to improve USA relations with Moscow, damaged by years of disagreement over Russia's role in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians was time he did not spend focusing on Russia's aggressive behavior, including its interference in American and European elections, its illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, its other destabilizing activities across Europe, and the slaughter of innocent civilians and targeting of hospitals in Syria", McCain said.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the report.
"Once Mark and I have an opportunity to talk individuals that were in the meeting, that will either confirm our confidence or possibly shake our confidence", Burr said. "You get intelligence because we deploy spies, because we deploy people who are willing to put their lives on the line and because we work with other intelligence agencies around the world that help provide that kind of information", he said on "New Day".
That key could be the downfall for Trump, who has skated on presidential exceptions to government conflict of interests laws and, as we distressingly learned on Monday, on releasing classified materials.
The disclosure to Russian Federation appeared to violate an intelligence-sharing agreement that provides the USA critical information about threats to the nation.
Today President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House.
The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment.
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A small number of FBI agents were made aware of the memo and the conversation, and agents kept working on the investigation. Shortly after the New York Times published its story, FT and CNN independently confirmed the newspaper's reporting.
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Spicer repeatedly said "the president has nothing further to add on that" and eventually insisted: "The tweet speaks for itself". Later, OANN's Trey Yingst asks if anyone has an audio recording of what went on at the dinner between Comey and Trump.
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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.
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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.