He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.
Mr Trump tweeted that he had shared “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety” and wanted Russian Federation to do more against so-called Islamic State.
Asked if she felt more reluctant to share secrets with the United States now, May said decisions about what Trump discussed with people were “a matter for President Trump” and that Britain would continue to work with and share intelligence with the U.S.
Trump’s tweets mark the first time the president has weighed in since the bombshell story broke on Monday.
The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information President Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. The Kremlin dismissed the reports as “complete nonsense”.
President Donald Trump responded Tuesday to a Washington Post report that he shared highly classified information with Russian officials, arguing on Twitter that he had the “absolute right” to provide details on a terror threat in a closed-door Oval Office meeting with the two men. At least some of the details that the United States has about the plot came from the Israelis, the officials said.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern. Sen. 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. “Firing an Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is investigating the president’s campaign, disclosing classified information to a country that wishes us harm and just finished undermining the integrity of our elections”.
Trump himself said he had “an absolute right” as president to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russian Federation.
Trump said in a tweet earlier Tuesday that he had the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russian Federation.
Later Tuesday, Trump told reporters he’d had a “very, very successful meeting” with Lavrov.
This after a Washington Post report broke Monday afternoon that accused the president of leaking classified information to the Russians that could compromise a key intelligence source. Trump did not directly reveal the source of the information, but intelligence officials told CNN that there is concern that Russian Federation will be able to figure out the highly sensitive source.
The U.S. and Western officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information.
Asked why the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency were put on notice if the revelations were not problematic, McMaster cast the notification as being provided “from an overabundance of caution”.
“I read The Washington Post story and I read General McMaster’s response, which tends to refute the story, rebut the story”, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told Bloomberg in an interview Tuesday morning.
Former defense secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday that the fallout of breaching the trust of key allies by disclosing information could be significant. “I have people brief me on great intel every day”.
“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House”, McConnell said on Bloomberg Television.
“The president was emphasizing we have some common interests here”. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York reacts to questions from reporters about President Donald Trump reportedly sharing classified information with two Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office, Tue.
Trump has frequently said he wants to improve USA relations with Moscow, damaged by years of disagreement over Russia’s role in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Trump administration has come under intense scrutiny over accusations that the president’s aides had colluded with Russian officials during last year’s presential campaign.
The new controversy left White House staffers, already under siege following last week’s botched handling of FBI Director James Comey’s firing, on edge.
Trump is expected to arrive in Israel on May 22 for his first official visit to the country.