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McMaster claims Trump 'wasn't even aware' of sources of revealed intelligence information

McMaster claims Trump 'wasn't even aware' of sources of revealed intelligence information

When asked if the president revealed specific information to the Russians, McMaster said: "It was nothing you would not know from open source reporting".

Mr Trump tweeted that he had shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety" and wanted Russian Federation to do more against so-called Islamic State.

"What I'm saying is the premise of that article is false that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security", he said before targeting White House leaks.

Once it is classified, the sharing of that material could lead to prosecution.

The controversy engulfed the White House.

Can the president share classified information?

According to Panetta, the ally who provided the information that was reportedly relayed to the Russians could cut off any type of intelligence provided to the U.S. in the future.

The information, which was provided by Israel to US intelligence, was about an ISIS plan to blow up an airplane with a bomb hidden inside a laptop in a way that could evade airport security, ABC reported, citing current and former USA officials.

"That story had not yet broken (when we got there)", Freeland said in an interview. Now it says Trump's disclosure was "wholly appropriate". Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about ISIS.

The action drew strong criticism from Democrats and a call for an explanation from his own Republican party.

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A White House reeling from parallel crises won't find respite anytime soon: President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, will embark Friday on his first foreign trip, a five-country grind where the very issues of credibility and competence exposed by the past week's chaos will reverberate widely.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

"We appreciate the relationship we have with Israel and appreciate the exchange of information we have with them", Spicer said in a press briefing Tuesday.

But other nations appeared to be reconsidering.

The information, according to the Washington Post, concerned information about an ISIS plot to bomb airplanes using laptops. "It likely won't happen again", the diplomatic source said.

The Washington Post reported that others at the meeting realised the mistake and scrambled to "contain the damage" by informing the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA.

But top White House officials were evidently aware that the disclosure might constitute a misstep. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information".

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he wanted any transcripts of Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials to be provided to the intelligence committee.

A third diplomatic source representing a country that shares intelligence with both Russian Federation and the U.S. told CNN that since Trump's reported revelations seemed to be a mistake, there is less concern than if the information was deliberately shared by the CIA to another country. "The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", said Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, who also attended the meeting. He also did not confirm whether the information Trump divulged was in fact classified.

During a May 10 meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, Trump began describing details about an Islamic State terror threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. CIA Director Mike Pompeo is due to brief the committee later.

The latest incident comes just a week after Trump fired Comey.


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