Putin Accuses U.S. Of 'Political Schizophrenia' Over Trump And Secrets

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

"We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States as we do with others around the world because we are all working together to deal with the threats that we face".

But complaining about what he said were signs of "political schizophrenia" in the United States, Putin said Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.

Just a day after the Washington Post claimed Trump disclosed classified intel in a White House meeting about a planned Islamic State group (ISIS) operation, the New York Times claimed the information allegedly discussed came from Israel.

"We can see that political schizophrenia is developing in the United States", Putin said after talks with Paolo Gentiloni, Italian prime minister, in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.

Putin said Moscow was "ready" to present the transcript of Lavrov and Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate if the U.S. administration deemed it possible. "I'll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us".

Shavit's comments follow reports that Trump divulged highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats during a meeting earlier this month. "The president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a statement said. "I can not speak for Israel's entire security apparatus, but I would not trust a partner who shared intelligence without coordinating it with us first". The Trump administration, along with Russian Federation, has denied the accusation.

According to USA and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities.

White House counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert, who was not in the May 10 meeting, learned about what Trump said when he read notes immediately afterward, a US official with direct knowledge told NBC News.

The White House initially denied reports about Mr Trump's cooments.

Meanwhile, intelligence community veterans anxious that sharing intelligence gleaned from a USA ally without their permission could endanger sources on the ground and make countries less willing to share intel with Washington.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive", and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice". Two sources told CNN that the information was classified.

"We can't hand over our crown jewels", one Israeli intelligence source was quoted as saying.

"I'm not willing to say it's obstruction of justice or an impeachable offense".

However, May today defended Trump, saying that it was up to him which other countries he shared intelligence with.

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