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20 May 2017, 10:04 | Jan Cross
Defiant Trump says he had 'right' to share information with Russia
Turkey is determined to "root out terror", Yildirim said, if "necessary guarantees for Turkey's sensitivities and issues pertaining to Turkey's security are still not given". During a stop in Saudi Arabia, he'll meet with important Arab allies working with the US on the fight against the Islamic State.
One unnamed United States official said the president "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies". McMaster told reporters that Trump "wasn't even aware" of where the information came from.
McMaster did not deny that Trump discussed classified information. Trump said in a pair of tweets Tuesday he had the "absolute right" to share "facts" with the Russians.
According to the US official, Trump shared details with top Russian officials about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
One of the officials with knowledge of Trump's meeting with the Russian called the timing of the disclosure "particularly unfortunate", as the president prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against ISIL.
The Kremlin dismissed the reports of Trump's actions as "complete nonsense". Yet his decision to reveal an ally's information on ISIS with another country - and a geopolitical adversary, at that - could damage his standing with world leaders and lead some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the US.
On Monday, two USA officials said Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".
The Post story does not claim that the president did either.
Speaking to Russian news agencies on Wednesday Yuri Ushakov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, would not comment the contents of last week's talks among Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak.
"I'm concerned about the fact that the President feels like he has to give something to Russian Federation first when there have been repeated instances of Russian Federation being sanctioned in Ukraine, committing war crimes in Syria and conducting operations that are contrary to what we'd like to believe are freedom of operations and sovereignties of different nations", he said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day". The scope of that investigation included whether Trump's campaign was linked to the Russian meddling.
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"What the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged", McMaster said at a White House briefing, seeking to play down the sensitivity of the information Trump disclosed.
The top Republican in the Senate also expressed frustration, but he also said national security adviser H.R. McMaster's comments Monday afternoon refuted the Post report.
This same official told BuzzFeed earlier this year that Israeli intelligence agencies had major concerns about what Trump might share with Russian Federation, which is a close ally of Iran, Israel's top regional adversary. He's questioned the competence of intelligence officials, challenged their assessment that Russian Federation meddled in last year's election to help him win, and accused them of leaking information about him and his associates. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating these links.
May, who was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration and whose ruling party is expecting to win the United Kingdom general election next month, went on to praise Trump's "100% commitment" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying it was "an important bedrock of our security and the bedrock of the security in Europe". He called for the White House to share a transcript of the meeting with House and Senate intelligence committees.
A Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters.
The official told AP that continuing to share information with the U.S.
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 revelation also prompted cries of hypocrisy.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the Post report.
"There's nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people". "At no time, at no time, were intelligent sources or methods discussed". "The White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order". Reporters spent much of the evening camped out adjacent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office, hoping for answers.
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