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USA defense chief 'not worried' about Trump's disclosures to Russian Federation

17 Mai 2017

Trump has frequently said he wants to improve U.S. relations with Moscow, damaged by years of disagreement over Russia's role in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. These countries share vast amounts of information and promise not to spy on each other.

Ryan's aides countered by pointing out that in the same July 2016 opinion piece where he called for Clinton to be denied classified briefings because of her email practices, Ryan also said those briefings could resume if she were actually elected. On Tuesday evening, Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was expected to brief lawmakers.

USA intelligence-sharing agreements include the Five Eyes program with Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. Who among us hasn't revealed closely held intelligence secrets, provided by our close ally, to a chief adversary, so as to impress them?

Israel has in the past complained about the United States' inability to safeguard secrets. It wasn't up to the United States to share, and so doing so really jeopardizes that relationship. "I think this is another example of whatever Trump does gets the worst possible spin". "I mean, what could be more important?"

Now, White House officials have been very carefully wording their denial, saying the president didn't tell the Russians exactly how the information was obtained, what the intelligence community refers to as sources and methods.

Armed Services Chairman John McCain issued a statement calling the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the future.

The disclosure rocked the administration as it struggled to move past the backlash over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The conversation occurred weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn regarding his contacts with the Russian Federation ambassador to the United States and after the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, warned the White House that Flynn had misled them about those conversations and could be vulnerable to blackmail.

"We had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation". Anxious about keeping tabs on the highly sensitive material, the Obama administration officials set new limits on some classified information and explicitly barred Trump aides from viewing that material in their transition offices. He's set to depart on Friday, traveling to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, then attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and a G7 meeting in Italy.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that what Trump did was "wholly appropriate" and "consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leader with whom he's engaged".

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has been mostly quiet on Mr Trump's increasing number of scandals involving Russian Federation, told Bloomberg Television: "I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda". "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he said in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning. He departed without taking questions.

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation, ” McMaster said.

Bob Corker, the Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the allegations "very, very troubling".

Following the meeting, the White House contacted the CIA and National Security Agency to contain the damage, according to the Post.

Still, the day-after accounts prompted questions about McMaster's earlier comments on the story that was first reported by The Washington Post.

The extraordinary leak of Trump's private conversations in the Oval Office appeared to be a direct outcome of the president's combative relationship with the US spy agencies. "Trump's White House operation", as well as one of the politicians who would like to see a Democrat as Comey's replacement.

The president swore to "preserve, protect and defend" the US Constitution, and sharing highly sensitive information with Moscow - accused of interfering with the US election past year - could be seen as a breach of that. After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching".

However, Collins disputed the wisdom of revealing information.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. At his rallies, the crowd frequently chanted "Lock her up!"

Some experts argue that divulging material that is so highly classified that the U.S. intelligence community had not even divulged it to allies, let alone an adversary power such as Russian Federation, could constitute a violation of the presidential oath of office.

"But to further suggest that somehow because you get one piece of a puzzle, that you know what the entire puzzle looks like - even to suggest that that piece is accurate, which, in this case, you've heard our position on that - but this is clearly a pattern of people releasing sensitive information to further what appears to be someone's agenda", he said.

USA defense chief 'not worried' about Trump's disclosures to Russian Federation