Trump's loose lips on intelligence-sharing rattle a few ships in Washington

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The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump revealed sensitive intelligence to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting - citing current and former US officials.

Reacting to the allegations, Trump tweeted, "As president I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled White House meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts terrorism and airline flight safety".

President Trump shared intelligence from Israel in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a report says.

"The furor after news reports that the President shared highly-classified security information with the Russian foreign minister has prevented bond yields from rising in response to the equity market mood, and allowed EUR/USD to nudge above 1.10 again", Juckes wrote.

The White House called the report "false" and denied that he revealed specific information about sources, methods and military operations to Russian Federation. "At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already known".

President Donald Trump's consequential meeting with two of Russia's top foreign operatives earlier this month has cast a pall over his administration, raising questions about the President's ability to handle classified information when meeting with sometimes adversarial foreign leaders. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could affect the willingness of US allies and partners to share intelligence with the U.S.

As president, Trump has the legal power to declassify information. Wenstrup sits on the House intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter - and he said it was no big deal. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the White House is "in a downward spiral right now".

By divulging information gathered by the Israelis to the Russians, Trump possibly jeopardized a crucial relationship with Israel, which has one of the most robust intelligence gathering operations in the world. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely risky and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

The latest revelations come after a presidential campaign in which Trump ridiculed the USA intelligence community for its conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in an effort to hurt his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Still, it will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary.

The Kremlin also came to Trump's defense on Tuesday, calling reports that he had disclosed classified material "complete nonsense".

The White House would not comment on Israel being the source. "If the president outed a highly classified code-word source intentionally, that would be even more unsafe", Pelosi said.

Asked on Bloomberg about the report Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "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".

"But from what McMaster said and others, it sounds to me like some pretty terrible [news] reporting", Stewart texted.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that if the story is true it would be "deeply disturbing".

Dina Powell, the White House deputy national security adviser, says: "This story is false".

Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House last week when Trump disclosed the sensitive information.



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