Putin Offers U.S. Record of Trump-Lavrov Talks in Secrets Row

Alvin Kelly
May 18, 2017

An Israeli spy planted inside ISIS could lose his life because of President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States last week, according to current and former USA officials speaking to ABC News. And he is not alone in Republican ranks in beginning to express open concerns about their unpredictable president.

"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", the president tweeted shortly after 7 a.m.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017...to terrorism and airline flight safety.

After Donald Trump blabbed highly classified information to Russian officials last Wednesday, the source of that information, Israel, described Trump's leak as "our worst fears confirmed".

The president is entitled in USA law to classsify, declassify and to dispense any secrets he likes but Trump appears to have broken a cardinal convention in sharing secrets without the permission of their source.

Because the president has broad authority to declassify information, it is unlikely his disclosures to the Russians were illegal - as they would have been had just about anyone else in government shared the same secrets.

Monday night, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump shared sensitive information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a White House meeting last week.

As the White House denies that the president's Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and envoy Sergey Kislyak caused any national security damage, current and former intelligence officials are weighing in.

I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.... "I get great intel".

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled White House meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining...to terrorism and airline flight safety". They said it was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.

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U.S. officials claim the information was regarding a tip off the United States of America received from a supposedly anonymous source over a plot to blow up a passenger jet bound for the US by hiding bombs in laptop.

"I am not going necessarily provide you with information... in terms of who was and was not in the room".

President Donald Trump risked the life of an Israeli spy embedded in the ISIS by sharing classified information with Russian Federation, former U.S. and Israeli officials believe.

Mr Trump used Twitter to defended his actions.

Trump is about to set off on an eight-day, five-country trip in his first foreign venture as president where he will have countless conversations with foreign leaders.

Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information.

However, Israel came out in support of the White House.

On Monday, McMaster told reporters: "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation".

The Senate's intelligence committee has also asked the White House for more information on the meeting, according to a spokeswoman.

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