Trump, in tweets, defends his sharing of information with Russians

Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

European security official speaking with the AP said the move could have an effect on the trust between the USA and intelligence sharing partners.

The information discussed in the Lavrov conversation was reportedly deemed so sensitive that it had not been discussed with other USA allies besides Israel.

The intelligence released by Trump came from Israel, the New York Times writes.

Russia's foreign ministry spokesman denied the report.

Controversy over Russian Federation has also laid bare sharp divisions between the White House and USA intelligence agencies, which concluded in January that Russian Federation had tried to influence the election in Trump's favour. 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. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to Trump and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates' possible ties to Russian Federation.

The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with US partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip.

Trump tried to explain what he said in two crack-of-dawn tweets Tuesday. "A casual communication which could undermine our safety and our troops on the front line is not acceptable, so I agree with my Republicans colleagues that we need to know exactly what was said".

The Royal Court in Jordan said that King Abdullah II and Trump spoke by phone about anti-terror cooperation and other issues Tuesday, a conversation that was scheduled last week.

The revelation of the sharing of information also prompted cries of hypocrisy.

As president, Trump has the ability to disclose classified information largely as he chooses.

Later, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement that largely mirrored what McMaster had told the Post, but allowed that Trump had in fact discussed specific threats in the Oval Office meeting.

"In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the (Russian) foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation", McMaster said.

White House Press Secretary denied to say whether Israel was the intelligence source Tuesday afternoon but said that he was pleased with Dermer's comment.

McMaster tempered his earlier denial of a Washington Post report that President Trump had shared highly classified information with Russian Federation, arguing instead that its "premise" that Trump jeopardized a key intelligence source was false.

"National security was put at risk by this leak - and leaks like this", McMaster said, suggesting repeatedly that leakers are the sole culprits of this story.

On Capitol Hill, the latest big story involving the President was not wearing well with some Republicans.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for more information about reports that Trump gave intelligence information to the Russians, a spokeswoman for the panel said. "And they've got to come to grips with all that's happening".

"The shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place and there are good, productive things that are under way through them and through others", Corker said. "If the president outed a highly classified code-word source intentionally, that would be even more risky", Pelosi said. John McCain called the report, "if true, deeply disturbing".

Newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported earlier this year that American intelligence sources had warned Israeli colleagues against sharing info with the incoming Trump administration for fear that it could make its way to Moscow. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at an event hosted by the liberal Center for American Progress. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly". "You could jeopardize our sources, relationships and security".

"Once again we are faced with inexplicable stories coming from the White House that are highly troubling", stated Comstock, whose northern Virginia district went for Hillary Clinton by 10 percentage points in November.

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