White House pushes back against leak allegations to Russian Federation

Donald Trump's national security advisor on Tuesday denied the USA president had caused a "lapse in national security" following reports he disclosed highly-classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials.

President Trump revealed "highly classified information" to two top Russian officials during a controversial Oval Office meeting last week, according to a report from The Washington Post.

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

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters outside the White House that the "story that came out tonight, as reported, is false".

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to US journalist Steven Sotloff in this still image from a video authenticated by the White House.

"I don't have information I'm at liberty to share", Freeland said.

The spy reportedly offered that information at the request that the source remain confidential.

Putin said he was pleased with Lavrov's visit to the United States capital last week but mocked the idea that Trump had shared secrets during the meeting on May 10, calling the allegations "political schizophrenia" and saying people spreading them are either "dumb" or "corrupt".

In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Trump is said to have disclosed classified information. "That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed", the officer said. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances.

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The extraordinary leak of Trump's private conversations in the Oval Office appeared to be a direct outcome of the president's combative relationship with the US spy agencies.

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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.

The New York Times reported later that Israel was the source that shared with United States spy agencies the sensitive intelligence materials.

The Israelis said they had full confidence in the intelligence-sharing relationship with the USA, contradicting reports earlier this year that the Israelis had considered withholding secrets from Trump, at the urging of American colleagues anxious about their own boss. He has without question dealt another blow to USA credibility and made other nations justifiably wary of sharing what they know. However, officials anxious he had given the Russians enough details to be able to identify the source themselves.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported on the leak of classified info. Now it says Mr Trump's disclosure was "wholly appropriate".

But the revelation may have further repercussions beyond Israel, with other countries potentially being unwilling to share intelligence information with Trump. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.

However, May today defended Trump, saying that it was up to him which other countries he shared intelligence with.

'I stand by my statement that I made yesterday, ' McMaster said. European allies have also privately expressed concern.

According to the report, the plan was to hide a bomb inside a laptop that could get through airport screenings, and the information was reliable enough to lead the U.S.to consider a laptop ban n flights from Europe to the United States.

Trump's main guest at last week's meeting was Lavrov, the leading promoter of Russian foreign policies that are often sharply at odds with U.S. aims in Syria and Europe.

He did not deny discussing classified information. What's most important, the president said, is that authorities "find the leakers in the intelligence community". On Tuesday evening, Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was expected to brief lawmakers.

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