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Israel reportedly provided intel Trump gave to Russian Federation

Israel reportedly provided intel Trump gave to Russian Federation

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken by phone, an Israeli spokesman said Wednesday, as controversy brewed over the US president's sharing of intelligence with Russian Federation that came from Israel.

Today's pushback from Trump comes after a Washington Post report, later confirmed by other media outlets, said he jeopardised a critical intelligence source by disclosing information that had been regarded as highly secret, even inside the United States government.

As President, Trump has the power to disclose classified information as he chooses. GOP Rep. Richard Hudson's office did not respond to emails.

As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining.

"Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against [ISIS] & terrorism".

Donald Trump was unaware of where the intelligence he discussed with Russian Federation came from, his national security adviser H.R. McMaster has admitted in an astonishing insight into the care the President takes with crucial information. The staffer, who was not authorized to discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting had been previously scheduled.

Reporters also got a briefing from McMaster about Trump's first overseas trip, which opens Friday.

Russia's foreign ministry spokesman denied the report.

Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post that reading USA newspapers is "unhealthy " and "dangerous".

The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment. The Post reported that Trump shared "code-word information" - one of the highest classification levels - about terror threats.

"I stand by my statement that I made yesterday", McMaster said during the 17-minute briefing. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign.

According to the Post, however, Trump relayed "code-word information" to the Russian diplomats - one of the highest classification levels used by the United States intelligence community.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday that the premise of the reporting that Trump did anything wrong was incorrect.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", McMaster told reporters Monday, according to CNN.

"It's far worse than what has already been reported", one USA official, speaking anonymously, told BuzzFeed.

The UK Prime Minister did not give a direct endorsement of the USA president when asked if she had full confidence in him, instead focusing on the relationship between the two countries. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating these links.

The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with US partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip.

"That conversation was wholly appropriate to the conversation, and I think wholly appropriate what the expectations are of our intelligence partners", McMaster said, adding he was "not sure what conversations have been held" with foreign partners since the story broke. "It's above top secret", King said. The revelation also prompted cries of hypocrisy.

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Reports say before firing James Comey, Trump told him to lay off the investigation.


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