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Trump defends 'absolute right' to share 'facts' with Russian Federation

16 May 2017

While Trump didn't reveal the specific methods that developed the information or sources, he described elements of a specific plot and the city in Islamic State's territory where the threat was detected, the Post said.

"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. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", Trump tweeted. In the Middle East, the USA formally and informally shares information with several countries in the fight against ISIS and other terror groups including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, among others.

President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday he had the right to share information with Russian Federation related to terrorism and other issues, his first public response to the revelation he disclosed classified information at an Oval Office meeting last week. Jim Risch, said that the president has a right to reveal classified information - a spin the president has now personally adopted.

In a later tweet, Trump took aim at "LEAKERS in the intelligence community", a frequent target of his months-old administration. 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Moreover, the Post and, hot on its heels, the New York Times and Reuters, which made much the same allegation against the president, did not claim that Mr Trump had leaked intelligence sources or methods to his country's most implacable adversary. Other members of the administration, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, also issued denials.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in the infamous Russian Federation meeting, issued a statement - via the bumbling stylings of Sean Spicer - that, "During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism". The nature of specific threats was discussed, he said, but not sources, methods or military operations.

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In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Trump jeopardized a source of intelligence on the Islamic State group, according to the paper.

Reaction to the report was swift across Washington, with many lawmakers questioning Trump's actions, particularly following his recent firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"To compromise a source is something that you just don't do, and that's why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close as to prevent that from happening". They said it was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.

Russia's foreign ministry spokesman denied the report.

The turmoil has overshadowed Republican legislative priorities such as healthcare and tax reform and laid bare sharp divisions between the White House and US intelligence agencies, which concluded in January that Russian Federation had tried to influence the election in Trump's favour.

A president has wide berth to reveal classified information, but critics already have denounced Trump for having too cozy a relationship with Russian Federation, which intelligence and military officials view as an adversary.

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The many paths from Trump to Russia Early responses to the bombshell report indicate that, if true, handling sensitive details in this manner would have broad implications on United States partnerships around the world and could place the lives of agents in the field at risk.

Making a reference to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom he fired last week, Trump said, "I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community".

It is understood that the information shared was related to terrorist plans to defuse laptop bombs, intelligence that has led to the United States considering the introduction of a ban on passengers bringing laptop computers on flights.

Doing so "could be a risk for our sources", said the official, who spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The revelation also prompted cries of hypocrisy.

The revelation may have additional peril for Trump because during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton past year, he repeatedly assailed her "careless" use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, a practice he argued could have exposed classified information. This threat, the Post reported, was discovered through intelligence provided by a "key partner", who had not given the United States permission to share it with anyone else.

The New York Times said Israel was the partner country to provide the intelligence, which had to do with plans by the Islamic State to use laptop computers as weapons, and was so sensitive it had been withheld from allies and under close hold even within the USA government. McMaster said The Post's story, which broke the news, "as reported, is false". The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment. Comstock is one of the more vulnerable House Republicans, facing a tough re-election campaign in a district that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump last fall by 10 points. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

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The total spend by health boards in 2016/17 on IT investment and cyber-attack protection was £257m, the Scottish Government says. On Monday morning before the BBC interview he was accosted by reporters outside his home, but he cycled away without a reply.

Still, the White House has not expressly denied that classified information was disclosed in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats last week. AP writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London.

Trump defends 'absolute right' to share 'facts' with Russian Federation