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US National Security adviser says Trump's disclosure to Russians was 'appropriate'

US National Security adviser says Trump's disclosure to Russians was 'appropriate'

According to USA and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump wrote Tuesday morning.

"What I'm saying is really the premise of that (Washington Post) article was false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security". The president had been engaging in "routine sharing" with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.

The White House has been two-stepping with the truth.

Can the president share classified information?

Whether the Russians recognized immediately that the intelligence Trump was discussing had come from Israel.

The report, quoting an unnamed United States official, said, "This (the information shared) is code-word information".

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said at a joint news conference Tuesday they were seeking a briefing from the White House on what was said last week between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. "The story that came out tonight as reported is false", McMaster said - not elaborating on which elements were "false". But Comey did not say anything to Trump about limiting the investigation, replying, "I agree he is a good guy". "I have people brief me on great intel every day", just before revealing the intelligence.

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

According to the daily, the sensitive classified information was given to the United States by one of its allies, which had not given it permission to share it with the Russians. The logistical and diplomatic efforts to execute the trip have occupied wide swaths of the already-slim White House staff, according to people who work there.




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. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Kisylak.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

"We're trying to go the extra mile - we owe the White House the chance to present us with the information, present us with the truth", Warner said.

But other nations appeared to be reconsidering.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California called the story "deeply disturbing" and said if it's true, the disclosure could jeopardize sources of very sensitive intelligence and relationships with key allies.

He also slammed the Washington Post, which first reported the story.

Trump, he said, "made the decision in the context of the conversation which was wholly appropriate".

The Post story did not say Trump had shared sources and methods, but noted that the information could lead to revealing the US partner who provided the key intelligence. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to tweet: "Protip: Don't give the Russians classified information".

McMaster made clear that none of the U.S. officials present for the president's Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister last week "felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate".

Meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee on Tuesday night. In a single week, Trump fired the FBI director, told different stories about why, became the target of a congressional investigation that's expanding into money-laundering, shared intelligence with Russian Federation, offered shifting explanations for the latter, and then wound up being accused of wading into a police investigation.


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