Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 8:28
The Trump administration has come under fire over a meeting at the Oval Office with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, in which he shared security information that two sources described to CNN as classified. He says he shared information because he wants Russian Federation to "greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".
The U.S. officials told Reuters that while the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement.
The White House immediately hit back at the report, denying its account of events. He also declined to specifically say whether Trump shared information about the location of the ISIS intelligence, saying that the city "was nothing you couldn't get from open sourced reporting".
The White House's botched handling of Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation probe, and the president's own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the US leader's standing.
Possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign was once little more than a conspiracy theory, but not anymore. "It wouldn't likely stop partners from sharing life-saving intelligence with the Americans, but it could impact the trust that has been built, particularly if sharing such information exposes specific intelligence gathering methods", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about such intelligence sharing. The only way to make sense of this weeks stunning events is to conclude there is something that President Trump desperately wants to hide.
Ryan's office said he hoped for a full explanation, while McConnell told Bloomberg TV on Tuesday he wished for a little less drama from the White House. "The president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation".
"Patriotic Americans and our allies put their lives on the line every day to gather the intelligence that protects this country and keeps us safe", Booker said.
"The president wasn't even aware where this information came from", McMaster said.
President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Trump abruptly fired Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling.
The Royal Court in Jordan said that King Abdullah II was to speak by telephone with Trump later Tuesday.
Asked if President can be trusted with classified information, Republican Bob Corker, a Tennessee senator, told reporters "sure" and shrugged. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".
Trump said, "As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled White House meeting ) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining".
Besieged from all sides, the Trump administration appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday evening as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election.
"He is President of the United States". He is not just another personality.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.