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Kentucky Republican Reps Quiet On Trump's Intel Share With Russia

Kentucky Republican Reps Quiet On Trump's Intel Share With Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed on Tuesday the startling reports that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to a pair of Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.

But then came a tweet from Trump himself this morning saying, quote, "I wanted to share with Russian Federation at an openly scheduled White House meeting which I absolutely have the right to do facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety".

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Unidentified sources told CNN that Israel was the source of "some" of the intelligence. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the source said.

The Post cited current and former U.S. officials who said Trump divulged information from a foreign source, now known to be Israel, involving a terror threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The official said the disclosure came as Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence. "I think this is another example of whatever Trump does gets the worst possible spin".

The official said the information was provided to the U.S.by Israel.

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As Senate Republican leaders approached the podium for their weekly news conference, a familiar face was nowhere in sight. Senate is an honor I never expected to have, and one I cherish each and every day", Cornyn said.

The extraordinary leak of Trump's private conversations in the Oval Office appeared to be a direct effect of the president's combative relationship with the USA spy agencies. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.

The president's action drew rare criticism from some Republicans, who are desperate to get the White House refocused on health care and tax changes.

"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", McConnell said.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer did not confirm the intelligence came from his country, but said in a statement that 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". That breakdown endangers not only this nation's security, but that of other nations as well.

A source familiar with the incident told the Post that Trump told the Russians "code-word information", a term used for one of the highest levels of classification. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

The revelation was first reported by the Washington Post. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. The New York Times first reported that Israel was the source of the information.

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Senate Democrats have called for the White House to release a transcript of Trump's conversation with Kislyak and Lavrov.

Mr McMaster also indicated that Mr Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods. Democrats on Capitol Hill today demanded transcripts of that meeting, as NPR's David Welna reports. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Trump did not pass over secrets and dismissed the scandal as "political schizophrenia". The White House has an unusual credibility problem: President Donald Trump's aides deliver questionable st. Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful".

Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would not discuss Mr Trump's conduct until Congress is briefed by the CIA and the intelligence committee.

Questions over the discussion come amid reports Mr Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Moscow. AP writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London.

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