Putin offers transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov

Vyacheslav Prokofiev  TASS
Vyacheslav Prokofiev TASS
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18 May, 2017

The president had been engaging in "routine sharing" with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.

The White House did not respond to questions about the transition's handling of classified material.

Presidents can, by law, release whatever classified information they want. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for his part, told reporters at the White House that Trump and Lavrov reviewed a wide range of issues. "I have people brief me on great intel every day", just before revealing the intelligence.

It was not immediately clear whether the meeting had been recorded by the Russian officials, and if so whether the US Government was aware the meeting was being taped.

Israel sought Wednesday to contain the fallout from Donald Trump's sharing of its intelligence with Russian Federation after the move cast a further shadow over the United States president's visit to the country next week. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing. Good for prominent Republicans who are finally starting to speak out against the president's outrages.

Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next week - a trip the White House officials indicated would still go ahead.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

Danny Yatom, the former director of Israel's spy agency Mossad, warns that even if Trump didn't reveal the source - which McMaster said the president didn't know at the time of the conversation with the Russian officials - or methods of how the US obtained the intelligence, it could still put the source in danger.

"Intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States regarding the threats posed by Iran and its proxies and ISIS (the Islamic State jihadist group) and its affiliates will continue and deepen".

"There has to be trust for this sort of arrangement", one official said.

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Operations were canceled, emergency room services were scaled down, and medical personnel went back to using handwritten notes. Portugal Telecom was hit on Friday by a cyber attack but no services were impacted, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The revelation was first reported by the Washington Post.

Both allegations came from anonymous sources, and the White House was quick to denounce the leaks and deny any impropriety, insisting the president never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor did he make inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

"Discussions held in closed forums recently raised fears of a leakage of Israeli intelligence top-classified information, clandestine modus operandi, and sources, which have been exposed to the American intelligence community over the past 15 years, to Russian Federation - and from there to Iran", the report said.

According to United States and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities.

"He made the decision in the context of the conversation", he said.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he's not putting much stock in Putin's credibility.

Of primary concern was that the details Trump boastfully shared had come from a partner country intelligence group that the partner had not given the USA permission to share with Russians. 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".

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

The Washington Post said the nation needs to hear from former FBI Director James Comey.


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