Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Official from European country says it may stop sharing Intel with US

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell kept his own counsel.

"This isn't the biggest news out of that meeting", he said. Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court a year ago by President Barack Obama, was denied a Senate hearing by McConnell. That's the term used for intelligence classified at the highest possible level.

The revelations - which Trump appeared to verify in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning - are sure to shadow the president as he embarks Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

The Wednesday meeting between Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak had already raised alarm bells in Washington, primarily because it came one day after Trump made a decision to fire Comey while the bureau investigated his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

A second European official told the AP that their country might stop sharing intelligence with the United States as a result of Trump's disclosure to Russian Federation.

This morning, it's happened again, this time on the matter of Trump sharing highly sensitive secrets with Russian officials. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters.

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

'If the report is true, it is very disturbing. Disclosing the classified information, which was obtained by a USA intelligence partner, threatens worldwide information-sharing partnerships that are considered crucial to national and global security. They will also likely focus on a Turkish request for the extradition of a USA -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Turkey blames for last summer's failed coup. The Kremlin dismissed the reports as "complete nonsense".

Soon after the report was published, the administration contended that it was false and that Trump did not reveal sources of intelligence, methods of gathering intelligence or military operations.

Lawmakers leading investigations into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 election had were bothered by the reports. "Officials anxious that this information could lead to the discovery of the methods and sources involved, but it didn't say Trump discussed them".

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted he had the right to share "facts" with Russian Federation, saying he acted to help Moscow in its "fight against ISIS and terrorism". "Mr. President", Schiff tweeted, "this isn't about your 'rights, ' but your responsibilities".

The Washington Post, NY Times and several other outlets confirmed that Trump gave intelligence information gathered from a partner country to the Russians.

Trump added a line in his tweet suggesting why he did it: "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

Although the President has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians.

The intelligence was "code-word information", the Post reported.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, on Facebook on Tuesday described the reports as "yet another fake".

"I think we can do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare", he told reporters. AP writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London.

The controversy comes as President Trump is set to meet Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 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.

According to The Washington Post, Mr Trump offered details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

New Zealand is one of the "Five Eyes" partners - an intelligence sharing alliance with the US, Australia, Canada and Britain. "It is the bedrock of our national security".

Lawmakers and intelligence officials are already warning that disclosing this type of information could harm USA efforts to counter an ISIS plot to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security.

Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism".

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