Wisconsin lawmakers push for answers about Trump meeting

Col. James Waurishuk If there is a ‘mole hunt’ the reason will be because U.S. officials leaked the intelligence information to the press

Col. James Waurishuk If there is a ‘mole hunt’ the reason will be because U.S. officials leaked the intelligence information to the press

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation... which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump tweeted.

Israel did not confirm that it was the source of the classified information Trump shared with Russian Federation.

"Russia is not a friend to the United States, and protecting our country's classified information from our adversaries is essential", he said in a statement provided to PhillyVoice by staff at Toomey's Washington, D.C. office.

USA president Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as the White House attempted to defend his disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate".

The Russian president's comments on Wednesday were the first since accusations first surfaced that the U.S. president shared secrets while meeting Lavrov at the White House.

The Israeli spy had provided specific intelligence about an active plot to bring down a passenger airplane en route to the United States by hiding a bomb inside a laptop, ABC said.

Trump repeatedly called during his campaign for improved USA relations with Russian Federation, damaged by years of disagreement over Russia's role in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. White House officials then reached out to the National Security Agency and the CIA in an effort to contain any damage. But officials refused to answer specific questions, including what precisely the report had gotten wrong, ensuring it would dominate a week that White House officials hoped would be quiet in advance of the president's first foreign trip.

Yet, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said, "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence sharing relationship with the U.S". That typically refers to reporting that's publicly available, such as news accounts, academic reports or social media.

As a scandal grows over alleged sharing of classified intelligence by President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is willing to hand over a record of the meeting at the center of the controversy.

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro warned ABC that the incident would "inevitably cause elements of Israel's intelligence service to demonstrate more caution" when sharing intelligence with its chief ally. However, officials anxious he had given the Russians enough details to be able to identify the source themselves.

In response, McMaster, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell all issued statements later on Monday, claiming such reports are wrong.

It's become a familiar scenario in the crisis-prone Trump White House, where big news breaks fast and the aides paid to respond seem perpetually caught off-guard.

The White House has stated no information pertaining to intelligence sources or military tactics was shared in the meeting in Washington, and the conversation was merely a broad discussion on counter terrorism. To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge?

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump did not know the source of the information he disclosed to the Russians so could not have compromised the USA ally.

Several Republicans expressed concern Tuesday about this drama-a-day White House.

Veteran Republican Senator John McCain warned that reports Trump divulged to Russian Federation information provided by a U.S. ally "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". Even as Mr Trump reassured advisers like Mr Spicer that their jobs were safe at the morning meeting, he told other advisers he knew he needed to make big changes but did not know which direction to go in, or whom to select.

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