Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump's Russia Intel Disclosure Risks Life Of Israeli Spy Within ISIS

Trump's Russia Intel Disclosure Risks Life Of Israeli Spy Within ISIS

"Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against [the Islamic State] & terrorism".

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled White House meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining...to terrorism and airline flight safety".

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017.to terrorism and airline flight safety.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

Israeli intelligence officials are concerned that the exposure of classified information to their American counterparts in the Trump administration could lead to their being leaked to Russian Federation and onward to Iran ... Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies", the newspaper said, adding that following this, USA officials have gone into damage control mode.

The Post story did not say Trump had shared sources and methods, but noted that the information could lead to revealing the us partner who provided the key intelligence.

McMaster said his real concern was not what information the president shared, but the source of the leaks.

The president has the absolute right to distribute classified information. "You could jeopardize our sources, relationships and security".

Mr. President, this isn't about your "rights", but your responsibilities.

Monday's stories on what Trump told his Russian guests noted that he'd given details that might help them figure out how Washington had gotten the intel. Now it says Trump's disclosure was "wholly appropriate". Still, it will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary.

President Donald Trump's consequential meeting with two of Russia's top foreign operatives earlier this month has cast a pall over his administration, raising questions about the President's ability to handle classified information when meeting with sometimes adversarial foreign leaders. "It's going to go to the Syrians, It's going to go to the Iranians - Russian allies", Baer said.

Western diplomats have already raised the possibility of curtailing their intelligence sharing with the United States in the wake of Trump's disclosures. It was, perhaps, even more remarkable that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could use the information to find its source.

Instead, McMaster argued that the information Trump shared was "wholly appropriate".

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

What is code-word information?

Additionally, the meeting raised alarm bells in Washington because it came one day after Trump made a decision to fire FBI Director James Comey while the bureau investigated his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

A rare Democratic senator who's been friendly with Trump offered some advice: be more careful.

"We're optimistic we'll get an answer", Burr said. "It is not something to either confirm or deny".

Across Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats alike are voicing frustration, distrust and irritation following the constant stream of controversies coming out of the White House.

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