Former US Ambassador To Russia Calls Trump Intel Spill Report A 'Disaster'


McMaster, in a White House briefing, said: "In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged".

The reporter who broke the story on President Donald Trump's classified intelligence reveal told CNN Monday that the White House is "playing word games" with its statements of denial to "try to blunt the impact" of the story. He also stressed that no US representatives who were in the room during the meeting thought Trump's comments to the Russians were problematic, going on later to say that what the president shared was "nothing you would not know from open source reporting". That development could shatter trust that is essential to intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation.

Earlier the Washington Post reported citing anonymous USA officials that Trump During his meeting with Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the oval office revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State thus, putting in jeopardy a critical source of intelligence.

That report increases the chance that Trump's support from Republicans will keep eroding. The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. "Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those anonymous sources". I was in the room.

McMaster earlier refused to answer questions to a group of journalists gathered in the West Wing, saying "this is the last place I wanted to be" before leaving.

"Instead, the report states clearly only that Trump discussed an Islamic State plot and the city where the plot was detected by an intelligence-gathering partner".

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That intelligence led the Trump administration to ban travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard planes. 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.

The latest controversy came as Trump's administration reels from the fallout over his abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The latest incident comes just a week after Trump fired Comey.

After firing the FBI director investigating his campaign last week, President Donald Trump added a warning: James Comey had better hope there are no tapes of their conversations. But he cautioned: "Let's wait and see what this was all about first".

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, would not say which country's intelligence was divulged.

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing". "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". He showed throughout his campaign, and at times during his presidency, an unusual willingness to praise President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and has dismissed as "fake news" the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered with the presidential election.

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He told Brian Williams later on MSNBC that Trump was apparently "showing off" in front of the Russian officials. And it increases the impossible-to-quantify threat to the president's ability to complete a full four-year term.

After Trump's disclosure of the information, which one of the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency, both of which have agreements with a number of allied intelligence services around the world, and informed them what had happened. The information - provided by another, as-yet-unnamed country - dealt with plans by the Islamic State to use laptop computers as weapons, and was so sensitive it had been withheld from allies and under close hold within the US government as well.

Beyond jeopardizing the trust of key allies, lawmakers and intelligence officials warn that disclosing this type of information could impact U.S. efforts to counter an ISIS plot to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security screening methods.

One of the officials with knowledge of Trump's meeting with the Russian called the timing of the disclosure "particularly unfortunate", as the president prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against ISIS.

Reporters had been promised a briefing from McMaster about Trump's first overseas trip, which opens Friday.

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