Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

SHAPIRO: This morning, Trump tweeted that he had every right to share the information with Russian Federation.

The president and Mrs May were photographed holding hands during her visit to the United States and Mr Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, has accused her of seeking to "build a coalition of risk and insecurity with Donald Trump".

USA president Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as the White House attempted to defend his disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate".

The concern over protecting classified information and intelligence sources overseas comes after it was reported that President Donald Trump may have shared classified information with Russian officials when he met with them last week in the Oval Office.

Another possible casualty would be clandestine human sources, who may "think twice before providing the US with privileged information", added Dujmovic, who used to edit the daily intelligence report provided to presidents.

MCMASTER: The president wasn't even aware, you know, of where this information came from.

After White House officials denied that the president had shared classified data inappropriately, Trump tweeted that he has "the absolute right" to share information with the Russians. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

Coming days before Trump's first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S.

Numerous Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded past year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts and private email server.

In the past, Israel shared these details with America, but now that info they gave Trump ended up with Russian officials, Israel may choose not to.

"We had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation".

"There is too much at stake at home and overseas to not take this step", he said. It was only after the meeting, when notes on the discussion were circulated among National Security Council officials, that it was flagged as too sensitive to be shared.

"The president was meeting with a foreign minister on terrorist threat".

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

"The president in no way compromised sources and method of national security".

The Obama officials said the Trump national security transition team did not follow protocol. From the very beginning of his presidency, the Trump administration has been hit by a series of leaks.

Trump also acknowledged that he shared "facts" about the terror threat with Russian Federation, while saying he was in his right to do so.

The Trump administration is on the defensive over reports that the president revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador at a White House meeting last week.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The nature of specific threats was discussed, he said, but not sources, methods or military operations.

He described the story as false to reporters.

Reuters reports that Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov later told journalists that Moscow had a written account of the Oval Office conversation, not a recording. I was in the room. "It didn't happen", McMaster said.

Reports Wednesday indicated some of the information came from Israel. He used the words "wholly appropriate" nine separate times. "This whole idea that "I'm justified because I think there's a greater good" destroys the rule of law so those who feel the need to share classified information to get back at Trump we need to find who those people are and punish them".

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern. Sen.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Steve Knight, R-California, became the latest GOP lawmaker to call for a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation probe. He also declined to say whether the White House would share transcripts of Trump's meeting with Lavrov with politicians who have asked for them. The president had been engaging in "routine sharing" with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.

"If the president outed a highly classified code-word source intentionally, that would be even more unsafe", Pelosi said.

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