Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Donald Trump's meeting with Russian officials was 'wholly appropriate': HR McMaster

Donald Trump's meeting with Russian officials was 'wholly appropriate': HR McMaster

"We do not have this relationship with any other country", said one officer. She said it would be "very troubling" if Trump did share sensitive information. "The problem is that the stakes keep getting larger and more dangerous.But really. how insecure and needy and clueless to you have to be to brag to the Russians that you get highly classified info?" "What I will tell you again is that what the president shared was wholly appropriate", McMaster said. But she added that she had previously scheduled chats lined up in the coming days with other foreign ministers: "I do have some conversations with some other partners set up later this week".

The newspaper story cites "current and former US officials" as sources. "The President wasn't even aware where this information came from", the national security advisor said.

"The story that came out tonight as reported, is false", he said rather flatly.

The White House was already reeling from its botched handling of Trump's decision last week to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee on Tuesday night.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

The White House spent Tuesday trying to push back against reports of President Donald Trump revealing classified information to Russians, dispatching high-ranking administration officials to try and to contain the fallout consuming the administration.

The president himself even weighed in on Twitter, referencing fired FBI Director James Comey.

The latest drama has rattled already shaky confidence in the president in Washington.

But during a meeting after Trump's inauguration, USA intelligence officials may have allegedly warned their Israeli counterparts that they believed Russian Federation had "leverages of pressure" over Trump.

Trump said he had an "absolute right" to disclose the information, but did not characterize it as classified.

Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation
Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.

According to United States and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities. "It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people".

McMaster did focus on the issue of who leaked the information to the Post.

Trump's national security adviser also insisted Tuesday the story was no big deal.

Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State, as published reports have said and as a US official told The Associated Press.

He did not dispute the accuracy of the details - as the administration appeared to do the previous day. He added Trump did not have a "conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security", and the real threat was leakers "releasing information to the press".

Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House when Trump disclosed the sensitive information.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday that landed in the sea near Russian Federation, which experts said signaled major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the United States.

"I take that (need to preserve secrets) very seriously".

The US also maintains open intelligence-sharing relationships with allies like France, Germany and Japan.

Now, what is left for us is to see how this will play out on the world stage.

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