White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

US President Donald Trump came under pressure from lawmakers Tuesday to explain why he shared highly sensitive intelligence information with senior Russian officials at a meeting in the Oval Office last week, Reuters reports.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he would not comment on the reports.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for more information about reports that Trump gave intelligence information to the Russians, a spokeswoman for the panel said. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena we'll do it". And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. WATCH: Full video of Sen.

The president's disclosure put the operative for one of the US's closest allies at risk and jeopardized future operations. While the President has the authority to reveal secrets, his apparent choice to do so in a meeting with representatives of a US adversary left experts stunned.

"This is the last place in the world I wanted to be", he said, nervously, as he was pushed for information. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the committee, talked to reporters after a closed meeting of the panel. Mr. Trump made a decision 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.

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 US election into an ally. Just as news broke that U.S. President Donald Trump had shared classified information with the Russian government, two federal cabinet ministers arrived for dinner at the State Department.

Mr. McMaster said the information was conveyed to Russia's foreign minister during a discussion of the threat posed by Islamic State, and in particular the danger to commercial airliners.

But supposing The New York Times and The Washington Post were being perfectly straight in their reporting.

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Trump, always the last to admit to having anything to learn about anything, is insistent he was right to share classified details about an ISIS plot with Russian Federation - and, in the process, inadvertently reveal the American partner from which those details came, which turns out to have been Israel.

The sensitive intelligence was shared with the United States, officials say, on the condition that the source remain confidential.

McMaster did not dispute that a senior White House official had alerted the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA about Trump's disclosure to the Russians after the meeting.

Around 7:30 p.m., Sanders emerged to announce that White House officials would not be answering any more questions for the evening.

On Tuesday (16 May), Trump took to Twitter to claim he had an "absolute right" to divulge information in the interest of combating terrorism.

That's especially true for an adversary like Russian Federation, he said. Israeli officials have been quick to say they still value the USA and have no qualms about intelligence-sharing, but that is the diplomatic answer officials have to make when dealing with the world's dominant superpower.

There is a fear among some of Mr Trump's senior advisers about leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn.

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