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USA security adviser says Trump did not cause lapse in national security

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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 23:36

Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their USA counterparts for foreign affairs and defence - Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. They got there just before the news upended Washington, and early enough that it wasn't a hot dinner discussion topic.

But she hints it will be discussed further.

Trump's tweets undercut his administration's frantic effort Monday night to contain the damaging report.

"You will appreciate it's a really sensitive area".

"I was very pleased that when I went to the United States shortly after President Trump's inauguration he was able to commit to his 100% commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which is an important bedrock of our security and the bedrock of the security of Europe".

"I was in the room", he added.

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

Lawmakers, meanwhile, said it's disturbing that Trump discussed any intelligence with officials from Russian Federation, a country under investigation by USA authorities over allegations it interfered with last year's presidential election by hacking Democratic political organizations.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster walks back to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 15, 2017, after speaking to the media.

"Decisions about what President Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for President Trump", May told a news conference.

But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter - and he said it was no big deal.

Trump has admitted sharing security information on terrorism and aviation safety with the Russians, saying he had the "absolute right" to do so, but the White House has not confirmed or denied whether that information was classified.

I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community. The White House trotted out three senior administration officials - McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - to attack the reports, though they never quite said the initial report was incorrect.

According to Panetta, the ally who provided the information that was reportedly relayed to the Russians could cut off any type of intelligence provided to the United States in the future. It was described as highly classified and sensitive.

Can the president share classified information?

Collins said the disclosure to the Russians could compromise USA intelligence-gathering activities, and she said Trump should not be hosting the Russian officials at the White House. Following his tweets, the Post said Trump acknowledges that "facts" were shared with Russian envoys.

As President, Trump has the power to disclose classified information as he chooses.

White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington. He also said "the president wasn't even aware of where this information came from".

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. Critics accused him of seeking to short-circuit an investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russians who sought to influence last year's election.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

"Needless to say, he takes these matters very seriously and will not litigate the issue in the press". "If I breach that, I know I'll be thrown off the committee and maybe even more", he told the MSNBC show, "Morning Joe".