On Tuesday, Trump claimed the authority to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so. "As you know", he said, "it is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., pleaded for "less drama" from the White House.
"We appreciate the relationship we have with Israel and appreciate the exchange of information we have with them", Spicer said in a press briefing Tuesday. It was, perhaps, even more remarkable that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could use the information to find its source.
A USA official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.
The Post, as well as other news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, said Trump passed along to Russian officials in a White House meeting last week sensitive intelligence from a US ally that may jeopardize intelligence-sharing agreements.
"They tricked us", an angry White House official said.
MacMahon said that when he was defending September 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, he wanted to enter into pleadings information about Guantanamo Bay detainees that at the time was classified.
But when asked about concerns the president could have jeopardised United States intelligence relationships, McMaster responded: "I'm not concerned at all". Aides have said he hopes for a full explanation from the White House.
The White House has been two-stepping with the truth. Coming days before Trump's first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the report.
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Intelligence officials say President Trump might have damaged relations with allies, who will now be more cautious in sharing sensitive information with the United States.
Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.
According to United States and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats.
The official said Tuesday that doing so "could be a risk for our sources".
The Washington Post reported that others at the meeting realised the mistake and scrambled to "contain the damage" by informing the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA. It's not about impeachment; it's not about how much this awful story will hurt the White House's credibility with the American people or the press (assuming that it has any credibility left in the bank); nor is it even about Trump making mistake after mistake after mistake.
Equally important, some of the news reports said that the intelligence had been provided to the U.S.by a Middle Eastern ally on condition it not be shared with other nations.
At a press briefing Tuesday, H.R. McMaster, the president's top security adviser, discussed the meeting between Trump and the Russian diplomats, in which he took part.
The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment.
General McMaster, who was in the room alongside the U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson, said the men had discussed "a range of common threats to our countries including threats to civil aviation". It "sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future", said Sen.