Donald Trump shared highly classified info with Russians

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At last week's White House meeting with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador, Donald Trump shared classified intelligence information related to an ISIS plot to smuggle bombs onto airline flights via laptop computers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia's foreign minister to prove that Trump did not disclose classified information to the official.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a fiercely loyal Republican and consistent defender of President Donald Trump, Tuesday abruptly broke with the White House to sharply criticize the president's sharing intelligence with Russian officials. "I wanted to make clear to everybody that the president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation", said national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May declined to say Wednesday whether she still had full confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of reports that he shared top secret intelligence with Russian Federation, instead stressing that Britain and the United States have "a very special relationship" and would continue to work together.

The White House said Trump wasn't briefed on the source of the intelligence and didn't know where it came from when he passed it along to the Russians.

The New York Times reported that Israel was the source of the intelligence, quoting a current and a former USA official familiar with how the United States obtained the information.

"Reports that this information was provided by a United States ally and shared without its knowledge 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". Last week, the president fired Comey, who had been overseeing the FBI's ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign played a role in Russia's election meddling.

President Trump has yet to comment on the reports that he shared classified information given to his administration by Israel.

H.R. McMaster added that none of the US officials present for the president's Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister last week "felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate".

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The extraordinary leak of Trump's private conversations in the Oval Office appeared to be a direct effect of the president's combative relationship with the USA spy agencies. Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. Congress, if the White House approved.

A USA ally provided the information, the official said, meaning it wasn't necessarily Trump's to share with anyone else.

One U.S. official said the Obama administration was particularly concerned about the handling of documents related to the government's contingency plans for crises.

As for White House officials who attended the meeting, their on-the-record denials of some of the details in the Post report on Monday evening were adamant and convincing.

In fact, it was so unexpected that officials later called the National Security Agency and the CIA to inform them of the breach of protocol and try to limit any damage.

Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their US counterparts for foreign affairs and defence - Rex Tillerson and James Mattis.

John Cohen, an ABC News contributor and a former counterterrorism and intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security, said that such revelations could have consequences down the road in cut ties from intelligence sources.

Comey was sacked as FBI Director last week.

"The President, by revealing this to the Russians, has lost control of this information". At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room.

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