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What Trump discussed with Russian officials was 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

17 Mai 2017

"The Americans may find themselves receiving only paraphrases".

The White House hasn't denied that the President appears to have let the Russian government in on information so highly sensitive that the USA government had previously told CNN that publishing it would endanger lives and destroy intelligence-gathering methods used to keep an eye on terrorist groups.

"Members of Congress are sick of being asked every single day to respond to something President Trump did or said", said Alex Conant, who has served as a top communications adviser to Sen. "There is so much conflicting information from many sources; Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth".

Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage.

U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican, called for a closed-door briefing for lawmakers. He said Trump was not even aware of the intelligence sources and methods behind the information, so he could not have revealed them to the Russians.

McMaster also revealed that Trump was not briefed on the source of the information he shared with Lavrov and Kislyak.

"But I will say this: we have a very long-standing and very successful relationship with our Five Eyes allies", Goodale told reporters, referring to the western security and intelligence alliance that includes Canada and the USA, along with Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Turmoil in the White House in recent weeks has overshadowed Republican legislative priorities such as healthcare and tax reform.

Still, the revelation could complicate US relations with a top ally in the Middle East and a partner in fighting terrorism ahead of Trump's first trip overseas as president, which kicks off Friday in Saudi Arabia.

As Russian intelligence is associated with intelligence officials in Tehran, highly classified information, such as Israel's clandestine methods of operation and intelligence sources, could potentially reach Iran.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Steve Knight, R-California, became the latest GOP lawmaker to call for a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation probe. In two tweets, Trump said the conversation with the diplomats was an acceptable way to provide facts related to airline safety and terrorism, and he declared he had "the absolute right" to share the details. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". "He's got to have some guard rails", said the Obama appointee, who was also chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.

Trump's first foreign trip also begins later this week and includes a stop in Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, and a May 25 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels attended by other important US allies. 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. Trump also identified the city in the Islamic State's territory where the US ally had been monitoring the plot through a valuable and ongoing stream of intelligence.

"This was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination", McMaster said. The revelation that Trump boasted about some of Israel's most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries.

The news reverberated around the world as countries started second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the United States.

Past presidents have shared classified information - some of it highly sensitive - with foreign officials to gain trust and cooperation. "You're certainly getting close to Republicans on the Hill probably starting to assess how to move policy with a White House that is, to quote Sen".

"In this case, the reporting suggests it was not the result of a process", he said, "but it was a result of a whim".

What Trump discussed with Russian officials was 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says