Putin Accuses U.S. Of 'Political Schizophrenia' Over Trump And Secrets

Adjust Comment Print

The information, which was provided by Israel to US intelligence, was about an ISIS plan to blow up an airplane with a bomb hidden inside a laptop in a way that could evade airport security, ABC reported, citing current and former USA officials.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation ... which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", he tweeted Tuesday.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the President engaged in "routine sharing of information" and nothing more.

The president's disclosure put the operative for one of the US's closest allies at risk and jeopardized future operations.

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

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he has "the absolute right" to share certain information with Russian Federation.

"At no time, at no time, where intelligent sources or methods discussed".

Trump reportedly shared the information during last week's White House meeting and even boasted about the intelligence he had.

"That story had not yet broken (when we got there)", Freeland said in an interview.

"This president doesn't get briefed every day".

Trump targeting IRS rule on churches
The amendment bans tax-exempt organizations like churches and other religious institutions from political speech and activities. Romero said in a statement , according to The Washington Post.

USA presidents strive for strong relationships with their top intelligence advisors as soon as they come into office. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.

"There need to be serious changes at the White House, immediately", he said, according to a story on the newspaper's website. Coming days before Trump's first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S.

Yet, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said, "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence sharing relationship with the U.S". The pattern continued this week, with national security advisers giving one account of what Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office only to have the president himself revise it.

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. He has without question dealt another blow to US credibility and made other nations justifiably wary of sharing what they know.

The Russian president said he's prepared to provide a transcript of the meeting to members of the U.S. Congress, where lawmakers have raised questions and criticisms over the news that Trump had shared valuable intelligence about ISIS that was gleaned by a U.S. ally. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

"Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States learned only through the espionage capabilities of a key partner".

The Washington Post report Monday led to the latest feeding frenzy.

McMaster did not dispute that a senior White House official had alerted the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA about Trump's disclosure to the Russians after the meeting. Reports say before firing James Comey, Trump told him to lay off the investigation.

"I stand by my statement that I made yesterday", McMaster told a White House briefing. European allies have also privately expressed concern.

The information reportedly related to a potential Islamic State plot to smuggle explosives in laptops onto commercial flights, supplied to the USA by an unspecified ally.