White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

Israel was the source of the Islamic State (Isis)-related intelligence that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats in a meeting at the Oval Office earlier in May, three government officials with knowledge of the matter revealed.

President Donald Trump came under pressure on Tuesday from USA lawmakers, including some of his fellow Republicans, to give a fuller explanation of why he revealed highly sensitive intelligence information to senior Russian officials at a White House meeting last week.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation. which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", he tweeted Tuesday. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said it was "wholly appropriate" and argued that it was based on publicly available information.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the source said.

McMaster also noted that the president was unaware who shared the information with the United States and had made a spontaneous decision to tell the Russian diplomats the classified intel.

The Post story did not claim Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered, as McMaster's denial suggested.

One: "President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre", Conway said February 3 on MSNBC. He discussed measures the United States has taken to suppress the threat, including military operations in Syria.

Israel did not confirm that it was the source of the classified information Trump shared with Russian Federation.

They included a surprise encounter between reporters and Trump's top national security adviser and an attempt to drown out conversations with a blaring television.

"Lacking credibility makes dealing with crises infinitely more hard", said Alex Conant, a Republican communications strategist who advised the presidential bid of Florida Sen.

The disclosure of Trump's discussion rocked the administration as it struggled to move past the backlash over Trump's abrupt firing on May 9 of FBI Director James Comey, whose agency is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

This may already be happening: Danny Yatom, the former head of Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence organization, told CBS News that Israel "will think twice before conveying very sensitive information".

Republicans said the intense press attention to the story is distracting, and several lawmakers said they would like fewer flare-ups from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Administration officials went from denouncing the Washington Post article as "false" to either confirming or declining to challenge almost every key aspect of the account, which described how Trump's sharing of sensitive details about a terrorist plot jeopardized access to a stream of intelligence from a critical US ally.

Burr's committee has requested additional information from the administration, McConnell said. But officials cited concern that Moscow emerged from the meeting with clues that Russian spy agencies could use to zero in on the US ally's sources and methods. He did not deny discussing classified information.

"The Supreme Court has stated in Department of the Navy v. Egan that '[the President's] authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security. flows primarily from this Constitutional investment of power in the President and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant.' Because of his broad constitutional authority in this realm, the president can, at any time, either declassify information or decide whom to share it with".

The conflicted information has made it harder for aides to effectively advocate for the president. It could harm our national security by cutting off important sources of intelligence that protect Americans against terrorist acts, ” Wyden said.

WELNA: And Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said the questions being raised about Trump's judgment can not bode well ahead of his trip later this week to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium. AP writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London.

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