McMaster: Trump shared 'wholly appropriate' information with Russian Federation, didn't know source

Donald Trump Sergey Lavrov

Donald Trump Sergey Lavrov

Canadian politicians were well within earshot as political bombshells this week exploded all over Washington.

This situation also shakes the confidence of intelligence allies; one senior European intelligence official told the Associated Press that Trump's loose lips with Russian Federation could prompt the unnamed country to stop sharing information with the U.S.

Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their US counterparts for foreign affairs and defence - Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. "It would, they insisted, get people killed". He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena we'll do it".

"You will appreciate it's a really sensitive area".

"I have been asking Director Comey and others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the leakers in the intelligence community", Trump said.

McMaster told reporters after the story broke: "I was in the room".

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with US intelligence agencies.

"It is somewhat surprising, though, that intel was shared on this issue, with Russian Minister (Sergey) Lavrov, before being shared with ministers of allied countries", the diplomat said. Freeland said she expects the administration to send its notice soon announcing the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA.

A speech was added in Saudi Arabia to provide an "inspiring yet direct" message to the Islamic world, according to national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

According to The Washington Post, Trump described details to Lavrov and Kislyak about how ISIS hopes to use laptop computers as bombs on planes.

Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, saying he did so based on his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Tuesday said the commander in-chief did not put USA intelligence operatives at risk by divulging information to Russian officials.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" during the meeting.

"I stand by my statement that I made yesterday", McMaster told a White House briefing.

But he also did not deny when directly questioned that Trump had relayed classified information from an ally to the Russians, or that Trump named a city. That's higher than the classification known as Top Secret.

"The media reports have been rejected by senior United States officials who were in the meeting", he said in an email via his spokeswoman. It's unclear whether the US informed the Israelis it might share the information with the Russians, who have different allies in the region - notably Iran. But John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Trump-Russia reports were "deeply disturbing" and could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the U.S.

Information is considered classified if "the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations".

Stewart is Utah's lone member of the House Intelligence Committee that is probing ties between Russian Federation and Trump associates after the country's meddling in the US presidential election past year.

He did not dispute the accuracy of the details - as the administration appeared to do the previous day.

Pressed by reporters on Tuesday, National Security Adviser HR McMaster declined to say whether or not Mr Trump had shared classified information with the Russians. But he suggested Trump did not intend to reveal classified information because he "did not even know where that information came from". Warner said that the committee did not yet know if there were transcripts of the meeting, but called for the transcripts to be provided to the committee "appropriately redacted" if they exist.

"Who's Trump going to throw under the bus next?"

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