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

Israel Gave Trump the Classified Intelligence He Shared With Russia

Israel Gave Trump the Classified Intelligence He Shared With Russia

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Monday night.

Donald Trump s national security advisor on Tuesday denied the U.S. president had caused a "lapse in national security" following reports he disclosed highly-classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials.

Here are highlights from national security adviser H.R. McMaster's May 16 briefing on President Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian officials.

Once it is classified, the sharing of that material could lead to prosecution.

Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew. However, it remains largely unclear what exact information the president reportedly shared and how it would directly threaten American lives.

McMaster did focus on the issue of who leaked the information to the Post. But BuzzFeed News quoted two Israeli intelligence officials as saying that Israel had shared information with the United States on an ISIS plan to sneak explosive-laden laptops onto planes. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena we'll do it". The Post reported that Trump shared "code-word information" - one of the highest classification levels - about terror threats.

There are three levels of classification of USA intelligence material.

"It will also make our ally who provided the highly classified information to us more reluctant to do so in the future", Collins told the Press Herald in a phone interview late Tuesday morning.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

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The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

But other nations appeared to be reconsidering. "It likely won't happen again", the diplomatic source said.

Retired Air Force Col. James Waurishuk, a former intelligence officer who previously served on the National Security Council, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that "the greater damage is the leaks coming out and the leaks compounded by the stories, such as the Washington Post, for political reasons".

Trump described his talks with the Russians as "an openly scheduled" meeting at the White House.

Collins - who did not endorse Trump during his presidential campaign - said the foreign policy goals of Russian Federation and the USA are not aligned and often at odds, making any security breach a potential threat to American interests.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern. Sen.

Pompeo will likely be grilled by lawmakers about published reports that Trump shared such highly classified information with Russian officials that it jeopardized a critical intelligence source. "The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", said Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, who also attended the meeting.

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