Trump under pressure to explain intel sharing with Russian Federation

Israeli officials declined to comment.

Experts struggled to think of an analogous situation to the current one involving Mr. Trump, where the President shared classified information in private with a country considered to be a USA rival. To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge?

According to multiple reports, it was Israel which provided Washington the top secret information he revealed.

He did not deny discussing classified information.

Trump himself insisted he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

Collins said reports of the disclosures are "extremely serious" and have "the potential to place the source of that information in jeopardy". However, officials anxious he had given the Russians enough details to be able to identify the source themselves.

The Russian president's comments on Wednesday were the first since accusations first surfaced that the United States president shared secrets while meeting Lavrov at the White House.

The Post story does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered.

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"What I will tell you is in the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “We certainly dont want any president to leak classified information, but the president does have the right to do that.”. "The revelation that Mr. Trump boasted about some of Israel's most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries". The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration. Russian Federation is aligned with Iran, which is considered a major threat to Israel - the information Trump gave Russian Federation could end up in Iran's hands. "They are not our partner".

"There is a special understanding of security cooperation between our countries". To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? In a statement to the New York Times, Israeli ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, reaffirmed the close counterterrorism partnership between Israel and the US.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

"We can see that political schizophrenia is developing in the United States", Putin said after talks with Paolo Gentiloni, Italian prime minister, in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday. "But, given that we were the last to meet with him before his departure, the last thing I think Director Comey was thinking about Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock when we met with him was that the next day he was going to get fired".

"Decisions about what President Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for President Trump", May told a press conference in London.

The Russian Embassy also released a picture of a smiling Trump shaking hands with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington. In a short time in office, Trump has rubbed far too many people on the wrong side and stirred controversies.

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