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Sasse: Some Reports 'Overheated' on Trump Sharing Classified Info With Russians

16 May 2017

While Trump maintains he wants a better relationship with Russian Federation, members of Congress have criticized Moscow for its role in the Syria civil war, saying it is helping Bashar al-Assad's government kill his opponents in the name of fighting the Islamic State terrorism - and at the same time destabilizing an array of Western governments.

The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said she had received dozens of messages asking about the reports, which have been denied by the White House.

"And by Tuesday morning, Trump was justifying his actions, writing on Twitter that he had an "absolute right" to share the information about "terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation". "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", Trump wrote in a two-part tweet.

He met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week. Sergey Kislyak last Wednesday, despite Russian Federation not being a member of the intelligence-sharing arrangement from which the information originated.

He 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, suggesting that Trump could not have compromised confidential sources.

Russia's foreign ministry said reports Mr Trump had revealed highly classified information were "fake", according to the Interfax news agency. I was in the room.

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A former senior USA intelligence official told McClatchy the disclosure was "an intelligence officer's worst nightmare". McMaster said in a briefing outside the West Wing on Monday evening.

"This story is false".

Lawmakers, meanwhile, said it's disturbing that Trump discussed any intelligence with officials from Russian Federation, a country under investigation by USA authorities over allegations it interfered with last year's presidential election by hacking Democratic political organizations.

"We certainly don't want any president to leak classified information, but the president does have the right to do that".

Earlier in the day, McMaster ran into a group of reporters gathered in the White House seeking comment on the story.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism", said Tillerson. "McMaster says that 'at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed.' But the Post's reporting doesn't say that they were".

Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaking about the disclosures on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday.

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On Capitol Hill, as news of the disclosure spread, senators on both sides of the aisle indicated their displeasure with the report.

"It's not helpful that this was the Russians", said Sen.

And when they say its classified, if it was public knowledge, then it could hurt the national security of the United States. "But the manner in which the situation is covered by media proves that Trump still doesn't have a solid team", the expert concluded.

The news is likely to raise questions on Capitol Hill about Trump's handling of classified information.

"I'm concerned about the fact that the President feels like he has to give something to Russian Federation first when there have been repeated instances of Russian Federation being sanctioned in Ukraine, committing war crimes in Syria and conducting operations that are contrary to what we'd like to believe are freedom of operations and sovereignties of different nations", he said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day".

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Sasse: Some Reports 'Overheated' on Trump Sharing Classified Info With Russians