Assembled by Maternation
May 17th, 2017
INTELLIGENCE, OR LACK THEREOF
A European country has reportedly said it
may stop sharing intelligence with the US,
if it transpires Donald Trump provided
classified information to Russia.
In a warning that will further add to
concerns about the Us intelligence
community amid the fallout of Mr Trump' s
actions, the senior omelet said they may
we that step, despite the Presidents claim
that he had the right to share the details
The Associated Press did not identify which
country the official come born, but he
official said sharing intelligence with
Washington, "could be a risk for our
The warning came as Mr Trump and the
White House sought bath to deny some of
the claims initially made by the Washington
Post in its article about the president' s
leaking of information to Russia, and
defend his actions.
Reports said that Mr Trump later was
informed he had broken protocol and
White House officials placed calls to the
National Security Agency and the CIA in
move to try and minimise any damage.
In a series of tweets, Mr Trump sought
to defend his actions and issue a
warning to those who had leaked the
information to the media.
I wanted to share with Russia (at an
openly scheduled meeting) which
I have the absolute right to do, facts
pertaining VFV to terrorism and airline
flight safety,” he wrote. "Plus I want
Russia to greatly step up their fight
against ISIS & terrorism.”
The White House has pushed back
against those reports, but not denied that
classified information was disclosed in be
May meeting between Mr Trump and
Russian diplomats. The Kremlin dismissed
the reports as "complete nonsense".
The Post said that Mr Trump shared
details about an Isis terror threat
related to the use of laptop computers
on aircraft with Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lairon and Russian
ambassador to he US, Sergey .
The information had come from a third
country, apparently in the Middle East,
that had asked that it be closely held.
Senior Republican John McCain, a
senator front Arizona, said the report of
Mr Trump sharing the information with
Russia was "deeply disturbing".
Regrettable, the time President Trump
spent sharing sensitive information with
the Russians, was time he did not spend
focusing on Russia' s aggressive
behaviour, including its interference in
American and European elections, its
illegal invasion of Ukraine and annexe-
tion of Crimea," he said.
Indeed, so sensitive was the informati-
on that it was considered "code word
classified", one of the highest levels of
classification used by the US
TRUMP’ S CONSIDERATION TO THE PRESS
The New York Times delivered a bombas-
ell report- also confirmed by NBC
News -- on Tuesday evening that
revealed that former Fly director James
Comer wrote in a memo that President
Donald Trump asked him to drop the
bureau' s investigation into former
national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Buried in the Times report is a note that
Trump asked Coma to consider
caparisoning reporters for publishing
Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump
began the discussion by condemning
leaks to the news media, saying that Mr.
Comer should consider putting reporters
in prison for publishing classified Inform-
ation, according to one of Mr, Come/ s
associates," The New York Times said.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of
the Press has since responded to those
comments, noting that the " resident
doesn' t get to [ail journalists."
s worth noting that Trump has complained
about leaks in he press quite frequently,
both while in office and during his time on
the campaign trail. His concerns surfaced
again earlier this week after another report
revealed that Trump discussed highly
classified information while Russian
diplomats were visiting the White House.
Trump Jhm speaks in hyperbolic
language, however, which means he may
not have necessarily expected Comey to
ever imprison members of the press,
despite what sounds like o rather
Trump also regularly makes himself
available to the press, often speaking to
reporters and appearing in televised
NBC News has verified information front
the original New York Times report with
two separate sources.