Trump, in Tweets, Defends His Sharing of Information With Russians

Posted May 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump came under pressure from lawmakers Tuesday to explain why he shared highly sensitive intelligence information with senior Russian officials at a meeting in the Oval Office last week, Reuters reports. He was in the room last week when the president shared the information with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador at the White House.

He cast some of Trump's revelations as information that was available from publicly available "open-source reporting" and added that the president did not know the precise source of the intelligence he had shared, suggesting that Trump could not have compromised confidential sources, the Associated Press reported. WATCH: Full video of Sen.

Toomey, who has been under fire himself recently for what critics says is his unresponsiveness to constituents' requests for an in-person town hall meeting, told reporters Tuesday morning that Trump's move "could be a very imprudent decision", though not illegal.

Intelligence veterans believe "their jobs are being made far more hard by having to deal with the unpredictability of the president", Hayden said.

"At no time, at no time, where intelligent sources or methods discussed".

"Well, I think to presume that - I mean, that conversation is still private, and to just assume what was and wasn't discussed would not be accurate".

Different news reports said the original information came from Israeli intelligence. The US shares a "unique" intelligence-sharing arrangement with Israel - which could be damaged by Mr Trump's actions. "Number two, as I've said repeatedly, the information that was shared was on a common threat and one that we both have a shared goal in eradicating", Spicer said, referring to ISIS. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances.

As the Washington Post first reported, Trump shared details about an ISIS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on planes.

Israel did not confirm that it was the source of the classified information Trump shared with Russian Federation.

"Ex-CIA director Leon Panetta warned that Trump's behavior risks polluting relations between the intelligence agencies of the United States and its allies".

For Democrats but also for some moderate Republicans, there is growing concern that the Trump White House refused to hand over transcripts or tapes, with "three separate congressional investigations ongoing into Russian meddlings or ties between Russian officials and Trump's staff", she said. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said back in July, with regard to Clinton's emails, that people who are "extremely careless" with classified information no longer should have access to it.

“That the Russians would be the potential recipients of this intelligence and may be able to determine its source is all the more problematic, since the Russian interest in Syria and elsewhere is, in many respects, deeply antithetical to our own, ” Schiff said. Trump's response? Invite the Russians into the Oval Office, grinning and shaking hands and offering up choice bits of intel.