Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

Shortly after the Times article was published, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference outside the West Wing that the story "as reported" is false.

Another possible casualty would be clandestine human sources, who may "think twice before providing the USA with privileged information", added Dujmovic, who used to edit the daily intelligence report provided to presidents.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dubbed the news "nonsense" and said it was not worth confirming or denying.

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

The information the president discussed with the Russian officials in the Oval Office was classified as sensitive compartmented information - that is, concerning sensitive intelligence sources or methods - and it had been circulated among select top US intelligence and law enforcement officials for some time, spanning both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Pressed further, McMaster said Trump hadn't been briefed on the source of the information.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern about the president's disclosures.

"They shared and discussed a shared threat that our two countries have", he said to reporters off-camera.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, himself a Republican, called the intelligence uproar a distraction from the party's priorities such as tax reform and replacing the health care law.

Trump said he chose to provide information to his Russian visitors in the context of improving ties with Moscow.

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Trump said he wanted to share information on terrorism and airline flight safety with Russian Federation for "humanitarian reasons" and because he wants it to accelerate efforts to fight terrorism.

Citing a memo written by Mr Comey on a meeting with Mr Trump in the Oval Office, the report claims Mr Trump told the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Mr Flynn had done nothing wrong.

He said his written statement "was just a more realistic view of how important it is to understand how closely some of this (classified) information has to be held and why".

"This is the only thing I can think of when I hear allegations saying that the president has revealed some secrets to [Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov", Putin said Wednesday, two days after allegations that Trump shared classified information with Lavrov and another Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, during a meeting last week in the Oval Office.

Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats, USA and diplomatic officials said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes disclosed late Tuesday that Comey wrote after the meeting.

Asked why the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency were put on notice if the revelations were not problematic, McMaster cast the notification as being provided "from an overabundance of caution".

Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia said in a statement that Congress should get immediate classified briefings on what occurred "so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders" and the impact on national security.

"I get great intel".

A Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly".

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.

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