White House says President Trump Didn't Know Where Information Came From

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

He described the White House as "on a downward spiral".

Trump said in his tweets, "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".

If there is a "mole hunt", Waurishuk said, the reason will be because US officials leaked sensitive information to the press, not because the president revealed information to Russian Federation.

"I am obviously pleased to see Ambassador Demer's comment", he said.

Trump reportedly disclosed details about how ISIS aims to use laptops as bombs on planes, though the President apparently did not directly reveal the source of the information.

To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? Lieutenant General HR McMaster, Mr Trump's national security adviser, told reporters that he was not concerned that information sharing among intelligence partners would stop.

They said the information, which had been provided by a United States partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement, was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.

The revelations drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers.

"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". John McCain, R-Ariz.

McMaster on Monday night denied that Trump had revealed the intelligence sources and methods used to glean this information. He noted that as president, he has an "absolute right" to do this. "You could jeopardize our sources, relationships and security".

The revelations - which Trump appeared to verify in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning - are sure to shadow the president as he embarks Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

Dan Shapiro, the former US ambassador to Israel, now a senior visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, agreed. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services.

"It's not helpful that this was the Russians", said Sen.

His efforts to distance himself from the Trump administration were even more clear when the topic of the town hall shifted to health care.

"The media reports have been rejected by senior U.S. officials who were in the meeting", he said in an email via his spokeswoman.

As acting National Security Advisor, McMaster was in the room when the president supposedly shared classified intel about ISIS with Russian officials. "At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known". McMaster said Trump took the decision on sharing information during the conversation with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov last week when they were discussing fight against the Islamic State.

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing". Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked after he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Kisylak.

Last week, Trump threw his administration into turmoil by taking the nearly unprecedented step of firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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.

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