US lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russia

US lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russia

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that information about terrorism and threats to worldwide aviation that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats last week was "wholly appropriate" and did not compromise U.S. intelligence sources.

"Conceivably, he's compromised some pretty serious national intelligence sources", Anderson said.

Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information.

Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he shared "facts" with Russian Federation, had the right to do so and did it for "humanitarian reasons". Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about IS, as published reports have said and as a USA official told The Associated Press. He said that he thinks that the "national security is put at risk" by such actions.

A senior U.S. official told AP that Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Trump tried to explain away the situation in a series of tweets Tuesday morning, writing that he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" with the Russian officials.

The standard put forward by McMaster for what is not only legal but also appropriate means that basically anything the president might share is appropriate, simply by virtue of it coming from the president.

White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington.

European official: Country might stop sharing intel with US
The Post said the intelligence partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russian officials. Mr McMaster clarified his comments on Tuesday, saying: "What I'm saying is really the premise of that article is false".

There was another topic, indeed, and it involved neither Twitter forums with young people in Saudi Arabia nor performances of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra during the G7 summit on Sicily, both of which are on the president's agenda.

Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday he had an "absolute right" to share facts with Russia so that it can be more active in fighting Islamic State militants.A USA president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but US and allied officials said that by giving information to Russia, Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has intelligence on Islamic State.

European security official speaking with the AP said the move could have an effect on the trust between the US and intelligence sharing partners.

While McMaster used a different phrasing ― "the story that came out tonight, as reported, is false" ― he nonetheless struck much the same tone, concluding with a decisive "it didn't happen", according to the Chicago Tribune. McMaster today suggested that this was implausible because "the president wasn't even aware where this information came from" and that Trump "wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information" that he gave to the Russians-an explanation that raises the question of how the president can be trusted to understand which material is sensitive if he's not told how it was obtained. "I don't think I have anything to add", he told Bloomberg. 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. That official story lasted about a day before Trump blew it up in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt, flatly stating he'd made a decision to fire Comey before even hearing from Rosenstein.

Mark Hertling, a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN, said giving Russian Federation information has not historically led to them being forthcoming with the United States.

"As an intelligence officer by training, I know firsthand the life and death implications of safeguarding classified information", Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.), a freshman lawmaker, tweeted Tuesday. "This confuses me to no end".

The president has the absolute right to distribute classified information.

"This isn't the biggest news out of that meeting", he said.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" during the meeting. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server.

The revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew and drew rare serious criticism of the president from some Republicans. "You've got to be kidding me".

"The mere disclosure of information can reveal an very bad lot about the way in which you are gathering it and who you got it from", Anderson explained.

"The ability to protect that source whoever he is, wherever he is has been seriously undermined".

Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta called Trump a "loose cannon" Tuesday morning in an appearance on CNN. "The President of The United States can not just do or say or speak whatever the hell he wants. He is President of the United States", he said Tuesday on "New Day".

The event, which featured speeches by an array of Democratic lawmakers, revealed the left's growing frustration with the slow pace of investigations into Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation. And while some GOP lawmakers privately express frustration with the president's distractions and crisis-prone administration, there's been little public condemnation of Trump, who remains popular with the GOP base.

No US media were allowed into the meeting.

President Trump shared intelligence from Israel in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a report says.


"Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team 'were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information, ' Trump tweeted in July".

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John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

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