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White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

18 May 2017

Questions about Trump's conduct have been mounting for weeks, most recently with two explosive revelations - that in February the president pressed Comey to drop a federal investigation into Flynn's contacts with Russia and that he disclosed classified information to the senior Russian officials last week'. "They can also deploy additional resources to find out details".

"Israel has full confidence in our intelligence sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump", Dermer said.

He said that while co-operation would continue, intelligence professionals would "think twice" before sharing information.

Trump's national security adviser also insisted Tuesday the story was no big deal. The New York Times first reported that Israel was the source of the information.

"Israeli officials who attended that meeting said that their American counterparts spoke despairingly about the election of Trump, who has repeatedly lashed out at the American intelligence community", Mr Bergman wrote. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

Hours after the story broke, McMaster stood in front of a bank of cameras, saying that the Post story, "as reported, is false".

"Imagine for a second that we in Russian Federation criticize our president for warning you Americans of a looming threat", Kosachev wrote on Facebook.

On a sarcastic note, Putin said he issued Lavrov a reprimand for failing to share the classified information he had received from Trump with him and the Russian intelligence agencies.

The termination letter from President Donald Trump to FBI Director James Comey is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked after he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Kisylak. The perception of scandal around Trump may make legislators even less likely to stretch to pass a bill for him to sign.

The president has broad powers to declassify secret material, experts agree. But John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Trump-Russia reports were "deeply disturbing" and could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the U.S. By doing so, Trump would have jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group, and make other allies - or even USA intelligence officials - wary about sharing future top secret details with the president.

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Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL said he senses from "very private" conversations that some of his Republican colleagues are beginning to crack, worn out and frustrated by the constant chaos coming from the White House.

A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister's office declined to comment to Newsweek on the reports. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosur.

"The shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place and there are good, productive things that are under way through them and through others", Corker said.

"It's a hypothetical question that I think shouldn't be asked and shouldn't be answered", he said.

Some experts argue that divulging material that is so highly classified that the United States intelligence community had not even divulged it to allies, let alone an adversary power such as Russian Federation, could constitute a violation of the presidential oath of office.

-Top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide any Comey memos and asked the White House to turn over any audio recordings that might exist of conversations with the now-fired director. "A very significant amount of actionable intelligence we get comes from thousands of relationships that our operatives have with sources and other intelligence agencies".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. - who had just had a root canal - read reporters a statement he scrawled out in the dentist's chair after learning about the story. A key concern raised by Bishara, the report said, was the high level of unemployment among well-qualified Palestinian graduates.

The official said the information was provided to the Israel.

"This is their time to shine, to show Americans and the world that the White House isn't becoming a circus of errors". At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room.