At a besieged White House, tempers flare and confusion swirls

Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday he had an "absolute right" to share facts with Russian Federation so that it can be more active in fighting Islamic State militants. Mr McMaster, in particular, has tried to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground. Explaining why white areas were viewable through the crowds, Spicer added: "This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall". In the letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The associate also confirmed an account from the Times that Trump vented about media leaks during his conversation with Comey, and that the president expressed support for seeing reporters in prison.

Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, right, shake hands before the start of the President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joint new conference in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

"We need to have immediate classified briefings on what occurred at this meeting so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders and know the impact on our national security, our allies, and our men and women protecting our country", she said in a statement.

The Post claims that "according to current and former U.S. officials", Donald Trump let fly privileged information to Kremlin Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

A senior European intelligence official told the AP his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms that Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

The Democratic-NPL is on the attack, pointing out he once said those who mishandle classified information aren't qualified to have a security clearance. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could affect the willingness of US allies and partners to share intelligence with the U.S.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

Doug Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the speaker was looking for "a full explanation of the facts from the administration".

The information had been shared with Trump by an ally, so his passing it along to Russian Federation violated the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said.

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Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

The highly classified materials, shared only with strong alliances to Israel, was not our proprietary information to give. The White House issued a furious denial near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk.

Asked why the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency were put on notice if the revelations were not problematic, McMaster cast the notification as being provided "from an overabundance of caution".

The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disclosure on Monday.

The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment.

Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the president's request soon after the February Oval Office meeting with the president, an associate who has seen the memo told The Associated Press.

Trump's disclosures are "certainly", a risk to U.S. -U.K intelligence sharing, one of the closest bonds in espionage, says Matt Tait, a former analyst from GCHQ, Britain's equivalent of the NSA. "He wasn't briefed on the source and method of the information either", McMaster told reporters.

While White House officials have emphasized that Trump did not disclose sources and methods and only described the intelligence he had received, the former intelligence official said that may be a distinction without a difference.

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with USA intelligence agencies.

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