Putin offers transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 23:40
Israel meanwhile sought to contain fallout from Trump's sharing of its intelligence with Russian Federation, while not commenting directly on the move.
The administration initially discounted the details of reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, Buzzfeed and elsewhere that the president gave the Russians a detail about terrorist bomb-making that might help it identify US sources in the Middle East.
The national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson both said the president did not disclose intelligence "sources" or "methods" during the exchange, and on Tuesday, the president tweeted that he had the authority as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.
Afterward, White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, the newspaper said.
Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.
Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Virginia Sen.
Republicans weren't going that far.
The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post reported that Trump's disclosures jeopardized intelligence on the Islamic State and said a Middle Eastern ally provided the information, with the understanding that it wouldn't be shared with other countries without permission.
What has been the White House's explanation?
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, would not say which country's intelligence was divulged.
"The Russian leaders are not our friends". Trump will be visiting Israel next week on his first foreign trip as president.
He said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, remember the meeting the same way. That assertion was untrue, something the White House blamed on Flynn when it fired him a month later. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he doesn't even tell his own staff and colleagues things he hears on the Senate intelligence committee. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "I have people brief me on great intel every day", one official with knowledge of the meeting described Trump as saying, according to the Post, before the President reportedly relayed specific intelligence. He said that he thinks that the "national security is put at risk" by such actions.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser again asserted that Trump didn't jeopardise US national security by sharing intelligence with Russian diplomats, and said the conversation in the Oval Office last week was "wholly appropriate".
"The premise of that article is false that in any way the President had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security". He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.
In a shock twist, the intelligence reportedly came from a U.S. ally who did not authorise Washington to share it with Moscow. Warner said that the committee did not yet know if there were transcripts of the meeting, but called for the transcripts to be provided to the committee "appropriately redacted" if they exist.