National Security Adviser McMaster holds White House briefing

16 Mai, 2017, 23:32 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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President Donald Trump's national security adviser says Trump didn't know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from. The leaders' talks were held amid tensions stemming from Turkey's opposition to a Trump plan to arm Kurdish fighters for an offensive to capture the Islamic State capital of Raqqa, and Turkey's call for the extradite a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for inciting a failed coup last summer.

American presidents have the power to unilaterally disclose any material - even the most secret intelligence - without going through any kind of formal process, or worrying about prosecution. "I just want to know what the truth is", she said. "Obviously, we'd like to see that with appropriate redactions".

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

Moscow's top diplomat, Lavrov represents Russian foreign policies that are often sharply at odds with US aims in Syria and Europe.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server.

There was some sign, too, that the episode could be eroding Trump's support among Republicans in Congress. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", Dina Powell, the deputy national security adviser for strategy, said in a statement. He confirmed that Trump's decision to share the information was spontaneous and occurred "in the context of the conversation". I've heard the response. "I was in the room".

On Monday, two USA officials said Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation. "The conversation was wholly appropriate".

Lawmakers' requests are likely to be complicated by the sensitivity of the information that Trump shared.

Afterward, White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, the newspaper said. Richard BurrRichard BurrSenate panel wants details on Trump's Russian Federation meeting Juan Williams: Comey firing burns GOP Warner: I will "absolutely" subpoena tapes between Comey and Trump if they exist MORE (R-N.C.). But lawmakers continued to seize on it as the day went on. Collins is a member of that committee.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who on Monday called the notion of Trump sharing classified information with Russian Federation "appalling", suggested that it is important to obtain any tapes in case the Trump administration tries to get rid of them.

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The Post said the intelligence partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russian officials. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

Several Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, called for an immediate briefing from the Trump administration.

As Trump prepares for his first foreign trip for the Middle East and Europe, lawmakers from both parties demanded a full accounting of the conversation with the Russian diplomats that some feared could lead to exposure of confidential informants helping US intelligence officials counter the Islamic State.

"The president was meeting with a foreign minister on terrorist threat".

The controversy engulfed the White House.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen.

"Classified intelligence is classified for a reason and must be respected and protected as such at all levels of government", he wrote on Twitter. "It wouldn't likely stop partners from sharing life-saving intelligence with the Americans, but it could impact the trust that has been built, particularly if sharing such information exposes specific intelligence gathering methods", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about such intelligence sharing.

That's one question to keep in mind as the Washington Post, the New York Times and other outlets claim that President Trump did something wrong by telling Russian officials about a new threat from ISIS-apparently a threat involving bombs concealed in laptop computers.


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