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- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 11:34
"Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", Trump tweeted.
It comes after Mr Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information about Isis to Mr Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak in a White House meeting last week, according to the Washington Post.
McMaster said Trump "wasn't even aware" of the source of the information and again called "the premise" of a Washington Post report that Trump had improperly shared highly classified intelligence "false".
Michael described Israel as having far better intelligence capabilities in the region than the United States, making it a critical partner for Washington.
The White House would not comment on Israel being the source.
McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday responded mildly when asked about the leak story in an interview on Bloomberg Business TV. "There is no other way I can explain the accusations against the acting U.S. president that he gave away some secrets to Lavrov", Putin said mocking the claims made by the United States press.
Earlier, top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide memos from Comey and for the White House to turn over any audio recordings that might exist of conversations with the now-fired director.
"I spoke to him (Lavrov) today", said Putin with a smile.
Meantime, the controversies surrounding the Trump administration have not slowed down, and instead, appear to have gone into overdrive over the past week.
Both allegations fueled calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation and even raised questions about whether he could face impeachment proceedings.
When a CNN reporter was asked by Trump administration officials not to report the name of the city where intelligence had been collected on ISIS, the network agreed not to do it. President Donald Trump, though, slipped the details to Russian officials.
According to USA and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to Trump and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates' possible ties to Russian Federation.
Trump has been criticized for outlandish statements made on Twitter, which have gotten him into hot water with critics and mainstream US media.
John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and a former counterterrorism and intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security, said that such revelations could have consequences down the road in cut ties from intelligence sources.
Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.
The Royal Court in Jordan said that King Abdullah II was to speak by telephone with Trump later Tuesday.
Journalists have not lacked insider sources willing to disclose information on the Trump White House.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the report. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.