President Donald Trump says more attention should be paid to find who is leaking information to the media.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer refused to confirm on Tuesday that Israel was the source of intelligence information that US President Donald Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister on May 10.
The Post story - which The New York Times confirmed but NBC News has not - did not report that Trump shared sources and methods, but that sharing information provided by an ally with the expectation of secrecy threatened future intelligence-gathering operations.
"There is a special understanding of security cooperation between our countries", he said.
He retreated from his initial assertion Monday evening that the Post article was "false", saying that his remark applied only to its "premise".
"This was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination", McMaster said. One source - anonymous, of course - told the Post that the information Trump disclosed was "code word" intelligence, meaning it was top secret. According to McMaster, Trump "did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known". It was not disseminated to allies, was highly compartmented internally, and was sensitive enough that, once it was known that Trump had spilled the beans, administration officials felt it necessary to tell both Central Intelligence Agency and NSA. "I was in the room, it didn't happen".
Another Israeli officer said that officials in the country are "boiling mad and demanding answers".
But then Trump seemingly admitted sharing information, tweeting Tuesday: "As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation. which I have the absolute right to do".
Making a reference to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom he fired last week, Trump said, "I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community".
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Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew. "You know the shame of it is there's a really good national security team in place".
McMaster said the "real issue" was that "our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality and those releasing information to the press".
It wasn't immediately clear what type of threats to civil aviation were mentioned during the meeting.
Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov "is a step towards that". Democrats say he's a hypocrite, having lambasted Hillary Clinton for her own handling of classified information. "It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people". While Trump is correct to say he has an "absolute right" to share any information he wants, experts say that strategy can be risky - especially because allies could lose their trust in the US ability to keep secrets and might stop sharing valuable intelligence with their American counterparts. After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching". "But from what I heard of it, there was none".
That claim is even less convincing now than it was two hours ago.
"He is a man of great character and integrity, and I admire him enormously", said Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican.
Trump reportedly disclosed details about how ISIS aims to use laptops as bombs on planes, though the President apparently did not directly reveal the source of the information.
The idea that Trump could share information gleaned in those conversations with countries that are not friendly to the United States could chill some of these interactions and make world leaders question what they share with Trump.