Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

My 'absolute right' to share intel

The adviser, H.R. McMaster, says Trump's revelation "in no way" compromised intelligence sources and methods.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his "absolute right" to share information with Russian officials amid controversy over classified information. Trump, meanwhile, defended his "right" to reveal facts to Russian Federation about terrorism and airline safety.

Israel was the key American partner who provided ISIS-related intelligence that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats at a meeting last week, NBC News reported. The story was not about sources or methods or revealed operations; the gravamen of the story was not denied. It's time for my Republican colleagues to join Democrats in holding President Trump accountable for his actions.

McCain said people need to remember the "root" of the issue between the USA and Russian Federation: the Syrian war and the atrocities of the Kremlin-backed Assad regime.

The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment Monday evening. An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them, "I get great intel". It is extraordinary for a president to share such information without consent of the country that collected it, apparently violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with Israel.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the report "deeply disturbing" and said it would send a "troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future".

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with US intelligence agencies.

"If it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters, that would be highly worrying", Burkhard Lischka, a senior German lawmaker, said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Neither McMaster nor Tillerson appears to have directly addressed the allegation that classified information was revealed.

The CIA Director's meeting was previously scheduled with the House, but is now expected to focus on the meeting with the Russians.

Republicans will be hard-pressed to pass Trump's latest disaster off as inconsequential.

"What I'm saying is really the premise of that article was false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security".

Someone, and probably many people, in the government don't like the president and are willing to leak classified information to undermine him. Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful".

Meanwhile, Republicans at home feel frustrated by the onslaught of news stories that give the appearance the White House is out of control.

Rep. Mike Gallager, a Wisconsin Republican in his first term, tweeted "For the objective of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees".

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