Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump says he had 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

He acknowledged he had told the Russians "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". He also said he had the "absolute right" to do it.

"This is code-word information", they added.

Trump said he has "the absolute right" to share information and had done so in order to encourage the Russians to "greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

He tweeted that he wanted to share with Russian Federation "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". But Trump appeared to acknowledge it in a pair of tweets early Tuesday.

Donald Trump has taken to social media to defend himself against allegations he shared classified intelligence information with Russian Federation during a meeting, saying he has the "absolute right" to do so.

Contending that he wants Russian Federation to "greatly step up their fight" against the so-called Islamic State and other terror groups, Trump said on Twitter that he felt compelled to divulge the information for "humanitarian reasons".

There's no question that the president has the legal authority to divulge classified information - even to rivals and adversaries.

The source - who is in touch with current officials - says "details were discussed that should not have been discussed". Naveed Jamali, a US intelligence professional, told MSNBC's Chris Hayes last night that Trump "gave away this information for nothing short of his vanity and his ego". An official said the official White House photographer also was there, Politico reported.

Russian Federation has denied such meddling, and Trump bristles at any suggestion he owed his November 8 victory to Moscow. Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the ministry, on Facebook on Tuesday described the reports as "yet another fake".

The Post said homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert called the directors of the CIA and the National Security Agency afterward. "And they've got to come to grips with all that's happening".

Corker also said, "The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes - it creates a worrisome environment".

The disclosure drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of the president from some Republican legislators.

Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, according to the officials.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation", McMaster said.

McMaster demurred when asked if the information discussed was classified, but emphasized that Trump "in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation", adding that "the president wasn't even aware of where this information came from".

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement that the report was rejected by senior USA officials. Trump said in an interview that Comey's ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election had factored into Trump's decision to fire him.

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

The latest controversy came as Trump's administration reels from the fallout over his abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Early responses to the bombshell report indicate that, if true, handling sensitive details in this manner would have broad implications on USA partnerships around the world and could place the lives of agents in the field at risk.

That information had apparently been received from another country and was not America's to share.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information and use of a private email server while secretary of state were key points of criticism by Trump and the GOP during last year's campaign.

"The secretary of state was in the room". He said Trump discussed a range of subjects with the Russians, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism".

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