Republicans in Congress barely had time to get their footing Monday, as another wild development, this time reports that President Donald Trump had revealed sensitive intelligence to Russia's foreign minister and United States ambassador, swept the Capitol.
The information was originally provided by a USA partner who had not given permission to share the material with Russian Federation.
"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed", Mr McMaster said. 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.
The story will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who have expressed worry about sharing classified information with a former NY business magnate who often shoots from the hip.
No other news source has confirmed the information in the Post report, and none of the information has been independently verified.
The President did not directly reveal the source of the information, but intelligence officials told CNN that there is concern that Russian Federation will be able to figure out the highly sensitive source. The United Kingdom, which possessed the same intelligence, placed a similar prohibition on passengers flying from six countries, including two that were not on the U.S. list. "During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations". The information Trump relayed, officials said, had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government.
The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering expanding the electronics ban to flights from Europe to the United States.
"Protecting our national security is one of the most important tasks a president has, and Trump is failing at it", Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Democratic Party candidate for president, said.
The president has broad authority to declassify government secrets, which makes it unlikely Trump broke the law. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
"I was in the room, and it didn't happen", McMaster said at the end of his abrupt statement.
No US media were allowed into the meeting.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was responding to The Washington Post report that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting last week.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Intelligence Committee, said he'd only heard the basics of the report but called them "very serious". He added that he wants the House intelligence committee fully briefed on what, if anything, was shared with the Russian officials.
"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", Schumer said. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted: "If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community".
"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen. "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".