White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

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"Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians, was time he did not spend focusing on Russia's aggressive behaviour, including its interference in American and European elections, it's illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea", he said. "Trump's White House operation", as well as one of the politicians who would like to see a Democrat as Comey's replacement.

The Trump administration has come under intense scrutiny over accusations that the president's aides had colluded with Russian officials during last year's presential campaign. Sounds like the type of high-level information whose disclosure could endanger its source.

BuzzFeed also confirmed The Post's report, with one US official saying that the disclosures from the president to the Russians were "far worse than what has already been reported".

Trump is said to have discussed intelligence about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at a meeting last Wednesday.

"We've said all we're going to say", she said, asking reporters to clear the hallway.

However, Collins disputed the wisdom of revealing information.

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But when asked about concerns the president could have jeopardised USA intelligence relationships, McMaster responded: "I'm not concerned at all".

"There need to be serious changes at the White House, immediately", he said, according to a story on the newspaper's website.

Asked if he had concerns about Trump's handling of classified information, McConnell answered, "No". The pattern continued this week, with national security advisers giving one account of what Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office only to have the president himself revise it. He has without question dealt another blow to US credibility and made other nations justifiably wary of sharing what they know.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro warned ABC that the incident would "inevitably cause elements of Israel's intelligence service to demonstrate more caution" when sharing intelligence with its chief ally. Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians.”.

"So to suggest that - which I think is the nut of the question - why wouldn't we want to share a common threat and the efforts that both countries are taking to eradicate a threat that we both feel?"

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on the missile launch, USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear program.

The disclosure was so sensitive that White House officials immediately contacted the National Security Agency and CIA after Trump's meeting to try to minimise the damage. "That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed", an Israeli intelligence officer told Buzzfeed.

On Tuesday, McMaster, in a White House briefing, cast some of Trump's revelations as information that was available from publicly available "open-source reporting" and added that the president did not know the precise source of the intelligence he had shared.

However, May today defended Trump, saying that it was up to him which other countries he shared intelligence with.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who had issued a broad denial Monday, said Tuesday that "what the President discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation". The intelligence was given to the U.S.by an ally that had not given permission to share the information.

Trump's main guest at last week's meeting was Lavrov, the leading promoter of Russian foreign policies that are often sharply at odds with United States aims in Syria and Europe.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., echoed those sentiments and called on the president to provide a "full explanation" to Congress, the intelligence community and the public.

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