Trump's intel disclosure to Russian Federation put spy in danger

There is nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".

U.S. media outlets are reporting that the information Mr Trump passed on to the Russians originally came from Israeli intelligence - that ISIS was developing a way to get bombs on planes using laptops.

The US president came under fire after it was reported by The Washington Post he had shared intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in their Washington meeting last week.

Putin said he's prepared to provide a transcript of the meeting to members of the U.S. Congress, where lawmakers have raised questions and criticisms over reports that Trump had shared valuable intelligence about ISIS that was gleaned by a U.S. ally.

Suspicion of the Russians runs so deep in the United States administration that even a hint of liaison with them is frowned upon. "They're our adversaries. I am troubled that the president during this very contentious time is meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador at the White House", Collins said. "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".

The leak reflects "a level of nearly desperation on the part of whoever provided it to stop this kind of thing from happening again", said Jon Finer, who was the chief of staff to former secretary of state John Kerry.

That he did not also blab the actual source or methods by which the information was obtained - as White House officials contend - is of little outcome. "The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false".

"So to suggest that - which I think is the nut of the question - why wouldn't we want to share a common threat and the efforts that both countries are taking to eradicate a threat that we both feel?"

That message was echoed by Yves Trotignon, a former counter-terrorism analyst for France's DGSE intelligence agency, now with risk consultant Riskeco, who said Trump violated a basic tenet of intelligence sharing. Still, it will only heighten Trumps strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary.

Comey, who led the investigation to find ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, was abruptly fired last Tuesday.




President Trump should turn back into bloviating entertainment star Donald Trump if he obstructed justice in the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. European allies have also privately expressed concern. "And he made a decision based on that", deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told MSNBC.

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be unsafe enough", Pelosi said.

Reaction from Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees was full-throated.

But when asked about concerns the president could have jeopardised United States intelligence relationships, McMaster responded: "I'm not concerned at all". Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

The story prompted Sen.

But is he willing to use classified information as a bargaining chip to do so?

"The damage is that this country may cut off any kind of intelligence provided to the United States on very sensitive issues that relate to the national security of this country".

King said the episode "doesn't do anything to help the credibility of the White House".

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