Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia


Shapiro was most concerned, however, that the president's move could make Israel think twice about sharing intelligence with the United States, warning that it will "inevitably cause elements of Israel's intelligence service to demonstrate more caution".

The president and May were photographed holding hands during her visit to the USA and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, has accused her of seeking to "build a coalition of risk and insecurity with Donald Trump". Russian Federation is the main supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and an ally of Iran, one of Israel's principal adversaries. "That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed".

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"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism", Mr Tillerson said.

"The reports that the President shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials are deeply disturbing". A former intelligence official says that if another country had done the same thing to the US, it would send the message that whoever revealed the information "can't be trusted".

"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".

"Our allies and partners must have the utmost confidence that sensitive information they share with us will not be disclosed", Gallagher tweeted on Tuesday.

And the remarks appear to contradict statements made by his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster - who told reporters in the wake of the report that "the story as reported is false" - and White House deputy national security adviser for strategy, Dina Powell, who said Monday "the story is false".

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According to United States and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats.

Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage.

"There has to be trust for this sort of arrangement", one official said.

"What I will tell you again is that what the president shared was wholly appropriate", McMaster said.

Former officials said it was not uncommon for presidents to unintentionally say too much in meetings and said that in administrations from both parties, staff members typically established bright lines for their bosses to avoid crossing before such meetings. He called for the White House to share a transcript of the meeting with House and Senate intelligence committees.

Asked specifically whether Trump shared classified information, McMaster said, "We don't say what is classified or unclassified". "The Russians have the widest intelligence collection mechanism in the world outside of our own".

The episode could have far-reaching consequences, Democrats warned.

The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with the Russians an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.