White House tries to limit damage over intelligence-sharing claims

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he is not anxious over the White House's handling of secret information.

Perez cited Trump's tweets Tuesday morning in which the president admitted that he shared with Russian officials "facts" related to the global fight against the Islamic State.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the highly classified information Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was obtained from a USA intelligence partner and shared without permission.

President Donald Trump did nothing inappropriate and did not put national security at risk during a meeting in the Oval Office where he allegedly shared secret information on terrorism with senior Russian officials, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in a recent press conference. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", Trump tweeted.

Multiple media outlets, including CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, are now reporting Israel was the source of the information.

Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned that the White House was "in a downward spiral right now" and staff "have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening". In fact, McMaster said that Trump "was not even aware" of the provenance of the information he provided.

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A second USA defense official said that an additional strike did hit the convoy after the vehicles continued toward the base. The official was "not sure" which forces were in the convoy but they "were clearly working with the Syrian" regime.

"We had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russia", Trump said when asked during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about his disclosures. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey".

The meeting will likely focus on the friction between the USA and Turkey over the Trump administration's decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters with powerful weapons to fight ISIS.

"During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations". "I was in the room".

Yesterday, General McMaster denied the story outright.

"Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House", Corbyn said in a speech on May 12.

"The story that came out tonight as reported is false", he said. "I have been asking [sacked FBI] director [James] Comey and others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the leakers in the intelligence community", he tweeted.

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