Trump defends sharing 'facts' on terror with Russia officials

Trump defends sharing 'facts' on terror with Russia officials

The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that the intelligence in question was actually provided by Israel.

The meeting will likely focus on the friction between the US and Turkey over the Trump administration's decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters with powerful weapons to fight ISIS. A former intelligence official says that if another country had done the same thing to the US, it would send the message that whoever revealed the information "can't be trusted".

The president's tweets came after denials about the story from top White House officials.

No US media were allowed into the meeting. Roy Blunt, Rep. Ann Wagner and Gov. Eric Greitens, who past year lambasted Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for storing classified State Department information on her private email server.

Israel and the United States are close allies whose leaders often refer to the countries' "special relationship".

President Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next week as part of a sweeping global tour that will also include the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

As president, Trump has the ability to disclose classified information largely as he chooses.

Officials said they were concerned about Russian Federation then passing on the info to its ally Iran.

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN and BuzzFeed among others, confirmed The Post's story.

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"We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing".

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount", said Mr Doug Andres, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, adding that the latter hopes "for a full explanation". The paper reported that the Americans assessed that Russian Federation had some kind of leverage over Trump, but did not go into details.

Israel reportedly was the source of the highly classified intelligence President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats last week.

McMaster, appearing before reporters at the White House, said the inaccurate report accusing the president of compromising American security appeared based on leaked classified information that was not discussed with Moscow officials during the May 10 Oval Office meeting.

The Post has claimed in the explosive report that Trump shared "highly classified" information during the meeting.

"At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly", McMaster said. The Post, citing unnamed officials, said Trump went off script during the meeting, describing details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes, revealing the city where the information was gathered. He said he had a "very, very successful meeting" with the Russian foreign minister earlier this month, and the USA wants to get as much help as possible in the fight against terrorism.

President Trump is under fire for sharing classified information with Russian Federation. By doing so, Trump jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group.

"If that partner learned we'd given this to Russian Federation without their knowledge or asking first, that is a blow to that relationship", a United States official told the Washington Post.

According to the daily, the sensitive, classified information was given to the U.S. by one of its allies, which had not given it permission to share it with the Russians.

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