Israel was source for some of information shared with the Russians

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It stated that Trump's disclosure risked damaging the intelligence-sharing relationship the United States had with the source of the information, and could jeopardise the safety of that country's own sources and methods of intelligence-gathering.

Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President reportedly discussed with Russian diplomats, according to U.S. and diplomatic officials. "He wasn't briefed on the source of this information". An excerpt to an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Mr Trump told them, "I get great intel".

But McMaster also appeared to acknowledge that Thomas P. Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, had called the CIA and the National Security Agency after the meeting with the Russian officials.

Like many USA allies, the diplomat represents a country whose intelligence agencies work so closely with the U.S. on issues like Syria that it would be very hard to stop that cooperation altogether. In his research, Priess, who interviewed several former presidents, said he "did not get any sense" that presidents on "an ad-hoc basis simply decide to disclose code-word" - very sensitive - information. It also raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia's close ally and Israel's main threat in the Middle East.

Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, said in a statement responding to the report: "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump". Other officials have said that the spy agencies were contacted to help contain the damage from the leak to the Russians.

The U.S. and Western officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information.

McMaster told reporters everything discussed in that meeting was already publicly available.

It's one thing for a few Republican senators to express concern and call for clarification on what happened.

Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks earlier that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Kislyak before Trump took office on January 20.

Trump is about to set off on an eight-day, five-country trip in his first foreign venture as president where he will have countless conversations with foreign leaders.

"No, I'm not satisfied", he said.

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.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disputed the report.

In four months since becoming president, Trump has insulted the CIA as chronic leakers, rejected unanimous assessments that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, skipped daily intelligence briefings, and named widely distrusted former army Gen. Michael Flynn, who was sacked by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to be his national security advisar. "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation".

As the national security blog Lawfare has pointed out, McMaster's statement did not deny that sensitive intelligence was shared, nor did it deny that Russian Federation could use the information to discern both the source and the methods used to collect that intelligence.

Editor's Note: Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007.

Some of the leaders Trump will meet come from countries the USA has intelligence-sharing agreements with.

But others in the intelligence community say the leak has shaken their faith in the U.S. He's openly questioned the competency of intelligence officials and challenged their high-confidence assessment that Russian Federation meddled in last year's presidential election to help him win. In a single week, Trump fired the FBI director, told different stories about why, became the target of a congressional investigation that's expanding into money-laundering, shared intelligence with Russian Federation, offered shifting explanations for the latter, and then wound up being accused of wading into a police investigation.

The U.S. relies on a global network of intelligence-sharing partnerships.

But that only opens the door to a conversation the White House doesn't want to have: it's quite likely that Trump aides provide the president with the most superficial briefings possible because he has the attention span of a toddler, and his willingness to sit through nuanced and detailed policy briefings is a joke.

The revelation also opens Trump to criticism of a double standard.

The idea that Trump could share information gleaned in those conversations with countries that are not friendly to the United States could chill some of these interactions and make world leaders question what they share with Trump.

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