British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that it was up to US President Donald Trump to decide what intelligence he shared, after reports he divulged top-secret data to the Russians. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the USA intelligence partner detected the threat. "Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians".
Israeli officials and the White House have since declined to confirm whether the information originated from Israel.
Trump's meeting with the Russians came last Wednesday, the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the USA elections and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Several media reports indicated that the information shared by Mr. Trump with Russian Federation was classified as top secret and its dissemination even more tightly limited due to its sensitivity - indeed, it was not shared with Britain or Canada, The Wall Street Journal reported.
President Trump reportedly endangered the life of an Israeli spy operating inside ISIS when he revealed sensitive intelligence to Russian officials. Even as Mr Trump reassured advisers like Mr Spicer that their jobs were safe at the morning meeting, he told other advisers he knew he needed to make big changes but did not know which direction to go in, or whom to select.
While not unprecedented, it is rare for a foreign minister to be granted bilateral talks in the inner sanctum of the White House with a U.S. president as Lavrov was.
Prof Dershowitz said the president's actions and the subsequent leak to the Washington Post have jeopardised high-level intelligence.
" 'This is code-word information, ' said a US official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies".
The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. "So clearly the president didn't do anything illegal".
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"You will appreciate it's a really sensitive area".
The Republican senator from Pennsylvania, who called the timing of Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey "unfortunate" last week, was quoted in the New York Times on Tuesday as one of the Republican senators "growing alarmed by and impatient with".
"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".
"Russia is an adversary, this is something we need to take very seriously we must never forget that the origin of this investigation was Russia's interference in our democracy", said Sen.
"Well, I think to presume that - I mean, that conversation is still private, and to just assume what was and wasn't discussed would not be accurate".
According to the report, Trump provided Russian officials with information regarding the possibility of jihadists using laptops to carry out some type of terrorist attack on commercial flights, claims that McMaster did not mention in the denial. Ryan's office said he hoped for a full explanation. Coming days before Trump's first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S.
Two: Trump and senior White House advisers learned January 26 that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak; Trump fired Flynn on February 13 for lying to Pence, after news reports described the Flynn-Kislyak talks. The official said the disclosure came as Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence. Richard Burr, R-N.C., says he wants to give the White House a chance to explain what happened.
Trump's approval ratings have been hovering in the high 30s and 40s. Weaker-than-expected United States housing data also dampened the dollar.
Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.
During the presidential campaign Trump repeatedly assailed his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information by email while she was secretary of state.