W.House denies Trump caused 'lapse in national security'

Kristopher Drake
May 18, 2017

Putin said he was pleased with Lavrov's visit to the U.S. 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". But John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Trump-Russia reports were "deeply disturbing" and could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the U.S.

Suspicion of the Russians runs so deep in the USA administration that even a hint of liaison with them is frowned upon.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump did not know the source of the information he disclosed to the Russians so could not have compromised the U.S. ally. "Number two, as I've said repeatedly, the information that was shared was on a common threat and one that we both have a shared goal in eradicating", Spicer said, referring to ISIS. "We can't go by just news accounts from an anonymous source", Burr told reporters outside a previously scheduled Senate Intelligence Committee meeting.

He said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, remember the meeting the same way.

The sensitive intelligence was shared with the United States, officials say, on the condition that the source remain confidential. "This story is false", deputy national security adviser Dina Powell said Monday in a written statement.

McMaster also downplayed the significance of the information Trump revealed. Still, it will only heighten Trumps strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump had not passed any secrets onto Russian Foreign Minister and offered to turn over to Congress the records of discussions held between the two leaders.

Trump's controversial meeting with Russian diplomats came one day after he threw his administration into turmoil by taking the rare step of firing his FBI director James Comey, who had been overseeing investigations into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia to skew the 2016 election.

Late Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times reported that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey in February to drop a federal investigation into Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Asked whether the reports would make her reluctant to share intelligence with the president, she replied that: "We continue to work with the United States and we continue to share intelligence with the United States, as we do with others around the world".

The report claims Trump shared a USA ally's closely guarded intelligence on ISIS with the Russian ambassador and the foreign minister.

Around 7:30 p.m., Sanders emerged to announce that White House officials would not be answering any more questions for the evening. Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

“The shame of it is theres a really good national security team in place and there are good, productive things that are under way through them and through others, ” Corker said.

Several media reports indicated that the information shared by Mr. Trump with Russian Federation was classified as top secret and its dissemination even more tightly limited due to its sensitivity - indeed, it was not shared with Britain or Canada, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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