Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

Flashback Trump Says Pres. Must Understand Meaning of'Classified

Flashback Trump Says Pres. Must Understand'Classified

U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) operation during their meeting last week, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Trump tweeted that he shared the intelligence with the Russians because of "humanitarian reasons" and said he wants Russia to "greatly step up" its fight against ISIS. Reportedly, the secret information that Trump shared with Russian Federation had been provided by Israel and the country has already asked Washington to be careful with the intelligence that the president has access to.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump divulged the information during a meeting with last week with Russian officials including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"We want nothing to do with this nonsense", he said.

According to the Washington Post, current and former USA officials say that sharing classified information with Russian Federation jeopardizes the source of that information.

Gallagher wrote that "while (the president) possesses the authority to disclose classified, even top secret, information, there's a separate question of whether he should".

Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he shared "facts" with Russian Federation, had the right to do so and did it for "humanitarian reasons". Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

Trump's tweets Tuesday morning indicated that he did share some information with his Russian visitors.

Trump has admitted sharing security information on terrorism and aviation safety with the Russians, saying he had the "absolute right" to do so, but the White House has not confirmed or denied whether that information was classified.

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Mr Comey, who as FBI director was leading an investigation into links between the Trump campaign team and Russian Federation, was sacked by Mr Trump last week. It was based on information from current and former US officials. An excerpt from the official transcript of the meeting reveals Mr Trump said: "I get great intel".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, also Republican, did not heed to calls to defend the president and demanded more information to do so.

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda", he told Bloomberg Business.

And instead of addressing the furore the disclosure caused, the president asked his aides to figure out who leaked the information to the media. By doing so, Mr Trump would have jeopardised cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group, and make other allies - or even USA intelligence officials - wary about sharing future top secret details with the president.

The release of classified intelligence could have very real and unsafe repercussions on national security and the global fight against terrorism, experts tell ABC News.

In his tweets, Trump did not dispute media reports, initially from The Washington Post, that he revealed details that could jeopardize intelligence capabilities.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, where he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made statements.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed", said McMaster, who didn't take questions. AP writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London.

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