Himes: Trump's tongue a security concern

The life of a spy placed by Israel inside ISIS is at risk, according to current and former USA officials, after President Donald Trump reportedly disclosed classified information in a meeting with Russian officials last week. The White House on Tuesday defended President Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate".

"If true, first he holds victory party w Russian officials in the Oval Office and then endangers national security by sharing classified info, "tweeted U.S. Rep". On top of that, let's go ahead and suppose that the president's allegedly loose lips give up Israel as the secret intelligence source on the laptop matter.

There were also fears that Russian Federation could exploit the information it obtained to track the source itself and prevent it being used against their own activities in Syria.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met earlier on Tuesday (16 May) with the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has not commented on the situation.

According to AP, Mr Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence during the meeting with Mr Lavrov.

This latest stumble shows a leader once again indulging his vanity, boasting of his "great intel" and clumsily attempting to curry favor with Russian Federation, in the naive thought that doing so would somehow transform a hardened adversary that hacked the USA election into an ally.

Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their US counterparts for foreign affairs and defence - Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.

Meanwhile the White House, which had tried to hose down the story yesterday, has changed tactics.

Sen. Chris Murphy, like Himes a Connecticut Democrat, also expressed worry over the effect of Trump's disclosure on close relationships between USA intelligence and foreign counterparts. He has without question dealt another blow to USA credibility and made other nations justifiably wary of sharing what they know.

The White House is denying the Washington Post report, which claims the information the president disclosed was so sensitive, it wasn't shared with the United State's closest allies.

"It would have helped contain the Republican fallout right away", one official said.

The person who described the memo was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. As The Post reported it, he appeared childishly boastful about his "great intel". The fact that elements of Mr. Trump's conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister were provided to the media suggests a deep concern on the part of the officials involved in making the episode public.

The information, which was provided by Israel to US intelligence, was about an ISIS plan to blow up an airplane with a bomb hidden inside a laptop in a way that could evade airport security, ABC reported, citing current and former USA officials.

President Trump may not have violated a law in revealing or discussing classified information, a former senior national security lawyer told NBC News.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster answers questions during a press briefing at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 16, 2017.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the report. Mr. Trump chose to share the details "in the context of the conversation", said Mr. McMaster, suggesting that it was a spontaneous move by the President and not a step he previously discussed with his advisers.

Trump has frequently tasked aides and surrogates with delivering apparently false or misleading statements or to aggressively argue points that the president later contradicts.

Anxious about keeping tabs on the highly sensitive material, the Obama administration officials set new limits on some classified information and explicitly barred Trump aides from viewing that material in their transition offices. Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful".

Both Collins, a Republican, and King, an independent, are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Former FBI Director James Comey called Clinton and her State Department advisers "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information, but he did not recommend pursuing criminal charges.

But where the information came from is a key piece of information, given that it could put operatives from a key ally at risk. "Trump's White House operation", as well as one of the politicians who would like to see a Democrat as Comey's replacement.

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