President Donald Trump is defending his actions in a closed-press meeting with Russia's top diplomats last week after reports that Trump revealed to them highly classified information, obtained by a us partner and shared with Washington, about an ISIS plot.
The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said.
She expressed concern that Trump's "disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security".
The White House's botched handling of Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation probe, and the president's own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the USA leader's standing. So White House officials, looking to minimize any damage, began frantically placing calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA, AP reports.
Rep. Alma Adams, a Charlotte Democrat, said Trump's decision to share secrets about ISIS with Russians was unacceptable.
He met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week.
The intelligence involved may be behind the USA announcement on March 21 that electronic devices larger than smartphones would be banned from cabins on flights originating from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.
Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday he had an "absolute right" to share facts with Russian Federation so that it can be more active in fighting Islamic State militants.
For the second time in a week, President Donald Trump is in hot water - this time for sharing highly classified information with Russian Federation during an Oval Office meeting last week.
"I think the real issue, and what I would like to see debated more, is that our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality", he said. The story has been verified by multiple news outlets, and even Trump himself seemed to verify the story in tweets from this morning.
He also said he wanted to provide Russian Federation with "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety".
Trump wrote that he was motivated by "humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".
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The goal of those visits was "to pave the ground for fruitful discussions between the two presidents". The United States and other Western countries count on the Kurds to chase the Islamists out of Syria.
Islamic State, or ISIS, holds territory in Iraq and Syria and is a common foe of Moscow and Washington.
"Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians, was time he did not spend focussing on Russia's aggressive behaviour, including its interference in American and European elections, it's illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea", he 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", McMaster said. "Mr. President", Schiff tweeted, "this isn't about your 'rights, ' but your responsibilities".
In a shock twist, the information reportedly came from a United States ally who had not authorized Washington to share it with Moscow, a potential blow to intelligence relationships based on trust that secrets will be kept.
"The president wasn't even aware where this information came from", McMaster said. Democrats went a step further, calling Trump's actions unsafe.
McMaster earlier refused to answer questions to a group of journalists gathered in the West Wing, saying "this is the last place I wanted to be" before leaving.
"Something's not happening day after day". The fact that USA intel sources are talking so openly to the free and independent press is alarming proof that the adults in government know this man-child is out of control and badly in need of a binky.
This was a problem for the White House.
The euro surged more than 1 percent against the dollar on Tuesday, rising to its highest since Trump was elected president in November. Lower-than-expected US housing data also dampened the dollar. His action raised fresh questions about his handling of classified information and his dealings with Russian Federation, which is widely considered an adversary by many US officials and Western allies.
Can the president share classified information? The FBI concluded after an investigation past year that there were no grounds to pursue any charges against Clinton. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Kisylak.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the intelligence uproar a distraction from GOP priorities such as tax reform and replacing the health care law.
Senator Dianne Feinstein accidently leaked classified sensitive information on drone strikes in 2009 during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. He described the White House as "on a downward spiral".