Trump Claims 'Absolute Right' to Share Info with Russia

Trump Claims 'Absolute Right' to Share Info with Russia

Trump Claims 'Absolute Right' to Share Info with Russia

PRESIDENT Trump has hit back at reports he shared classified information with Russia's foreign minister at the White House, saying he had the "absolute right" to reveal what he did.

"Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future", the Arizona Republican's statement said.

The information that "endangered cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State", according to the Post, was reportedly so sensitive that details were withheld from other global partners and restricted even within the USA government.

Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President reportedly discussed with Russian diplomats, according to USA and diplomatic officials.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", he said. "I was in the room".

"In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged".

"Amazing that Trump does not seem to grasp the seriousness of his actions, especially when dealing with sensitive national security information", Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Black Earth, posted on Facebook.

A third diplomatic source representing a country that shares intelligence with both Russian Federation and the United States told CNN that since Trump's reported revelations seemed to be a mistake, there is less concern than if the information was deliberately shared by the CIA to another country.

But Trump tweeted that he shared the information for "humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

The highly classified information about an ISIS terror plot that President Trump shared with Russian officials in the White House last week was originally provided by Israel, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the report.

The Post said the intelligence partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russian officials. Put another way, classified information becomes unclassified by default the moment the president chooses to disclose it. And members of the House intelligence committee are meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. These countries share vast amounts of information and promise not to spy on each other.

Republicans and Democrats alike are voicing frustration, distrust and irritation Tuesday with the constant stream of controversies coming out of the White House. The U.S. also shares intelligence with countries like Germany that broadly share U.S. national security goals. Reporters spent much of the evening camped out adjacent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office, hoping for answers.

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