Trump says he has 'absolute right' to share facts with Russians

17 May, 2017, 08:17 | Author: Kristi Walker
  • President Donald Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

Still, the White House has not expressly denied that classified information was disclosed in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats last week.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

The AP also reported that another European official said that their country might cease sharing information with the USA if Trump continues disclosing intelligence at will.

"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".

"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".

Trump himself claimed the authority to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so. Arizona Sen. John McCain said Trump's actions send "a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future".

Comey was sacked as FBI Director last week.

The leaks also are another indication of the serious problem the Trump administration continues to face with leakers. It is urgent that the Trump administration bring in new blood to replace hundreds of Obama loyalists placed in key positions throughout the government by the last administration.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team 'were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information, ' Trump tweeted in July".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended an apparent decision to share intelligence information with Russian Federation just hours after his surrogates flatly denied the disclosures.

The officials said the information had been supplied by a United States ally in the fight against the militant group.

Code-word information is a terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies, the daily reported.

Though an angry White House official told CNN they felt "tricked" by the Russians, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "proper protocol was followed" by not allowing media into the meeting.

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

The Trump administration vehemently denied the allegations.

Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism". At no time, at no time, were intelligent sources or methods discussed.

Today, McMaster defended Trump's sharing of the information, calling it "wholly appropriate" to the conversation taking place and "consistent" with "routine" sharing of information "between the president and any leader with whom he's engaged".

"At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly", McMaster said. "And in fact, when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story.'" Trump told NBC.

Talking to reporters, McMaster described the story as false. Their on the record accounts should outweigh anonymous sources.

"I was in the room. It didn't happen", McMaster said in a statement that lasted less than a minute.

The opposition Democratic party and several lawmakers from his own party expressed concern over the alleged sharing of sensitive information with the Russians. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the US intelligence partner detected the threat.

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