H.R. McMaster Says Trump's Comments To Russian Officials Were 'Wholly Appropriate'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mc Connell downplayed the startling reports that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified infor

Advisor: President's talks with Russians "wholly appropriate"

He said the details shared with the Russian officials were "easily available" in the public domain.

The disclosure to Russian Federation appeared to violate an intelligence-sharing agreement that provides the USA critical information about threats to the nation. It was, perhaps, even more remarkable that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could use the information to find its source.

The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disclosure on Monday.

Perez cited Trump's tweets Tuesday morning in which the president admitted that he shared with Russian officials "facts" related to the worldwide fight against the Islamic State. Especially troubling was that a foreign country provided the intelligence confidentially to the U.S. The Russian President asked that they meet when he spoke with Trump earlier this month.

"I get great intel". They acknowledge it was about an ISIL threat to attack airplanes - a threat that hits home for both the USA and Russian Federation.

Speaking to Russian news agencies on Wednesday Yuri Ushakov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, would not comment the contents of last week's talks among Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak. Kellyanne Conway. She'll be right here, spinning "alternative facts" and possibly making some key merchandise sales from the White House.

The latest self-inflicted crises at the White House confirm the deepest fears about President Trump's judgment and self-discipline.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid. That breakdown endangers not only this nation's security, but that of other nations as well.

"When you're talking about sources and methods, when you're talking about potentially compromising a relationship with an ally, that's troubling to say the least", said Sen. Assuming it happened as described, first by the Washington Post and then by other news organizations, it was an irresponsible move by the president, wholly in keeping with both his inexperience and his stubborn refusal to learn. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

The revelation by President Trump of intelligence concerning Islamic State plans for terrorist activities to Russian diplomats may provide Islamic State operatives some insight into the location of the partner country's undercover operative who discovered the information.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", McMaster told reporters Monday night. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could affect the willingness of USA allies and partners to share intelligence with the U.S.

Blunt told reporters on Tuesday that he still doesn't think there's any need for an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to the Russians.

Typically, that has been interpreted to mean that the president has the ultimate authority to classify and to declassify information.

He mocked the idea that Trump went off-script to share secrets with the Russians, saying he could issue a "reprimand" to Lavrov since he hasn't passed on the information.

In a letter to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, the Senate Oversight Committee demanded that all memos and other documents or recordings relating to communications between Trump and Comey be turned over by May 24. The communications team, in particular, has come in for sharp criticism from the president, as well as his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

I'm loath to defend anything President Trump says or does.

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