tiptrot.com June 28, 2017

Trump talk with Russians 'wholly appropriate,' adviser says

17 May 2017, 11:38 | Mandy Simon

Yesterday evening, Trump's National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster stated that the information Trump revealed during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was not confidential.

"There's nothing the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people".

Today, in the White House briefing room to discuss Trump's first overseas trip, McMaster said "the premise of that article is false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security".

Trump is under fire after reports that he revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in their Oval Office meeting last week, in a way that they could identify secret sources and methods, and potentially compromise a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State terror group.

The anonymous officials told the Post that the information Trump relayed during the Oval Office meeting had been provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement.

McMaster insisted that the revelations would not harm intelligence sharing agreements with US allies, arguing that everything the president discussed was already available through "open-sourced reporting".

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda", he told Bloomberg Business.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said. "At no time, at no time, were intelligent sources or methods discussed".

The Kremlin has dismissed reports that Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as "complete nonsense".

Another Israeli officer said that officials in the country are "boiling mad and demanding answers".

In 1964, for example, Lyndon Johnson confounded the Central Intelligence Agency and the Air Force by stating at a press conference that we'd developed the SR-71 supersonic reconnaissance aircraft that, he said, flew at speeds in excess of 2,000 miles per hour and at altitudes in excess of 70,000 feet. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either".

"The story that came out tonight as reported is false", he said.

"This is perhaps the gravest allegation of presidential misconduct in the scandal-ridden four months of the Trump administration", the blog said.

Let this be a lesson for Trump: if you're going to talk about closely-guarded secrets that even some agencies within the USA government don't know about, pinch yourself before you act on impulse and blurt it out to an adversarial foreign power.

"The president wasn't even aware of where this information came from".

But as with the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last week, most GOP lawmakers have been restrained in their criticism of Trump.

In the immediate aftermath of Trump's revelation, homeland security adviser Tom Bossert reportedly alerted the CIA and the National Security Agency about what had transpired.

Officials told CNN at the time that the ban came about following the collection of intercepted material and "human intelligence".

"Duckworth said: "For a president who complains so much about leaks, this is stunning".

The CIA is declining to comment.

There are also concerns on Capitol Hill.

Watching the White House these days is like driving down an interstate, but every two miles you have to slow to a crawl as you pass yet another auto crash.

He denied the United States president had caused a "lapse in national security".

Regardless of whether the release of classified information to the Russians is legal or not, Trump's decision was the definition of stupidity.

"Maybe they're busy", offered Burr, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. Current and former USA officials told the Post that the disclosure jeopardized a valuable source of intelligence on ISIS. "That's the problem with the Russians - they lie".

Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican in his first term, tweeted: "For the goal of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. - who had just had a root canal - read reporters a statement he scrawled out in the dentist's chair after learning about the story.

Other News

Trending Now

Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area
The burial chamber was first detected previous year by a team of Cairo University students using radar. The remarkable find is the first of its kind in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday.

"New Girl" returning for seventh and final season
It's now unclear if the new baby will affect the upcoming production on the seventh season of New Girl . "The general scuttlebutt is good and positive that we will be coming back".

First lady: Barron to attend private Episcopal school in MD
Barron has not been seen much in Washington since the inauguration, although he attended the White House Easter Egg Roll in April. The news about Barron Trump's new school follows word that his older sister, Tiffany, will be attending Georgetown Law this fall.

See the gruesome poster for Jennifer Lawrence's new movie 'Mother!'
The X-Men: Apocalypse star has dated actor Nicholas Hoult while Darren has a 10-year-old son with ex-fiance Rachel Weisz. The poster was debuted on Mother's Day Sunday (May 14) on Twitter by the film's writer/director Darren Aronofsky.

North Korea sends rare letter of protest over new U.S. sanctions
North Korea has launched a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. The Republican, during his presidential campaign a year ago , had said that he would be willing to meet Kim Jong-un.

Take impeachment case to ICC, says Duterte
The committee will next recommend the complaint's dismissal by the 292-seat Congress, where Mr Duterte enjoys a super-majority. A complaint is verified if the complainant can attest that the allegations are true of the complainant's personal knowledge.

Pence vows 'overwhelming' response to North Korea
Americans "always have to be concerned" about the prospect of a thermonuclear war with North Korea, Donald Trump has said. The test was unsuccessful, with the device blowing up "almost immediately", according to USA military officials.

Woman arrested for 'running GOP congressman off the road'
According to WMC , the woman posted details of the encounter on Facebook, which is how she was found. Weakly County Sheriffs arrested Wendi Wright, 35 , on Thursday for a heated encounter with GOP Rep.

Fatah leads local polls in West Bank cities
The overall turnout figures were similar to the previous local elections in 2012, also boycotted by the Islamist Hamas movement. A man looks for his name on a voter's list at a polling station in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Victory in state vote shows Merkel on course to retain power
Christian Leye, the Left Party's top candidate in the state, noted that "the Schulz train derailed in North Rhine-Westphalia". In the past, the balance of political forces in North Rhine - Westphalia has become a model for the Central government.