Vladimir Putin says can prove Donald Trump did not pass Russian Federation secrets

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For all the outrage over what President Trump might have told the Russian ambassador last week, aggressive journalism - and ambitious leaks - may have done the worst harm on Tuesday.

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

"I think the real issue, and what I would like to see debated more, is that our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality", he said.

Trump tweeted a similar defense on Tuesday morning. Two sources told CNN that the information was classified.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump did not have an inappropriate conversation or one that caused a lapse in national security when he met with senior Russian officials last week at the White House. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", Trump tweeted. 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. Trump abruptly fired Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling.

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Tillerson said Trump discussed a range of subjects, including "common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism".

Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy specialist with the Federation of American Scientists, told the Washington Post, "It is an expression of presidential authority, and that means that the president and his designees decide what is classified, and they have the essentially unlimited authority to declassify at will". The newspaper cited a memo Comey wrote shortly after the conversation. He took the recommendation seriously. At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room.

"Once Mark and I have an opportunity to talk to individuals who were in the meeting, that will either confirm our confidence or possibly shake our confidence", Burr said, referring to the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

The White House denied the report.

Last week, as Trump remained mainly behind closed doors, his aides presented him with briefings on each of his stops and the takeaways they hope will emerge, according to a White House official.

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Complaining about what he said were signs of "political schizophrenia" in the United States, Putin said Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.

Two: Trump and senior White House advisers learned January 26 that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak; Trump fired Flynn on February 13 for lying to Pence, after news reports described the Flynn-Kislyak talks.

"It was not in the best interests of our country", King said. "It would, they insisted, get people killed".

"I have people brief me on great intel every day", he said. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

A second committee source says this was previously scheduled.

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