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Trump under pressure to explain intel sharing with Russian Federation

17 May 2017

It's become a familiar scenario in the crisis-prone Trump White House, where big news breaks fast and the aides paid to respond seem perpetually caught off-guard.

Even Republicans from Trump-friendly districts called for more information from the White House. But there was nothing wrong with that, he insisted.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he has "the absolute right" to share certain information with Russian Federation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the White House today seeking a "new beginning" for Turkish US relations, NPR reports.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the Post report.

The White House has grown suspicious about the volume and timing of the seemingly never-ending stream of leaks about the president, said one senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to reflect on the feeling inside the West Wing.

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But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. The Senate's top Democrat also chimed in. "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said: "These reports, if true, are of the gravest possible concern".

US President Donald Trump has defended giving Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov classified secrets. He tweeted last week that since he's a very active president, it's not always possible for his surrogates to speak with flawless accuracy. Trump had already blasted the media over its reports - accurate - about the numbers.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. She also referred to a "Bowling Green Massacre" that never occurred. Indeed, U.S. spy agencies earlier this year concluded that their Russian counterparts engaged in an unprecedented covert influence campaign to upend the 2016 presidential election. That was untrue, something the White House blamed on Flynn when Trump fired him a month later.

The Washington Post withheld details about the intelligence-sharing arrangement and plot at the request of White House officials, who cited concern over national security.

One can only imagine how exhausted and furious Republican lawmakers are getting about all of the drama, controversy, and utter nonsense coming from the White House, torpedoing their legislative agenda. They note that the administration has yet to face a national or global crisis comparable to the September 11, 2001, attacks, Hurricane Katrina or the Sandy Hook school shootings.

But some of the European partners Trump will meet later in his trip have been more skeptical about his policies, including a controversial travel and immigration ban that's been blocked by US courts. Marco Rubio, a Trump rival.

"This is not business as usual".

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"Senator Hatch served longer on the Senate Intelligence Committee than any other member in history", his office said in a statement. If Trump was not aware of the source, his decision to disclose can not have factored in either that direct risk of exposure, or the related risk of damaging relations with an ally by sharing sensitive information without seeking permission.

"That being said, I am not going to comment any further on that", Spicer added.

We should be abundantly clear at the outset: President Donald Trump's reported disclosure of classified ISIS intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office last week isn't a crime. But he went on to outline "the extreme worry" scenario-the especially damaging possible consequences of the revelations: that individuals both within the USA government and among America's traditional allies might feel that the president can't be trusted with sensitive information.

Powell flatly said: "This story is false".

After James Comey was sacked last week, Sean Spicer has been rumored to be moments from being kicked out of his job as press secretary, and reports keep coming out that the president revealed highly-classified information to the Russian officials, it can't be very fun to be there.

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.

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