Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Undisciplined Trump is a danger to America and its allies

Undisciplined Trump is a danger to America and its allies

In a meeting at the White House last week President Trump shared classified information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, according to a report by The Washington Post Monday night.

McMaster, in a White House briefing, said: "In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged".

Israeli's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, would not comment on the intelligence, but expressed confidence in the relationship with the US.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says reports that President Trump gave Russian officials highly classified information make him think "the United States has been developing political schizophrenia". "During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations", Tillerson said.

Trump reportedly disclosed details about how ISIS aims to use laptops as bombs on planes, though the President apparently did not directly reveal the source of the information.

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, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future".

The president himself even weighed in on Twitter, referencing fired FBI Director James Comey.

The Washington Post first reported the allegations on Monday, claiming Trump had shared highly classified information in the talks.

She made the remarks after a two-day Washington visit where she met numerous lawmakers and administration officials - one of them being the newly sworn in USA trade czar, Robert Lighthizer, who will play a role in the renegotiation of NAFTA.

The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with US intelligence agencies.

"They tricked us", an angry White House official said.

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"The question is simply a yes or no question here: Did the president share classified information with the Russians in that meeting?"

He dismissed US politicians - unnamed - as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

Afterward, White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, the newspaper said.

While the White House originally said the decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was linked to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server controversy, Mr Trump later said in an interview with NBC that he had been considering firing Mr Comey for some time.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was to brief members of the House intelligence committee later Tuesday.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters the Trump White House "has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order".

The revelation that Mr Trump revealed classified details to the Russians has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

"The spy provided intelligence involving an active ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet en route to the United States, with a bomb hidden in a laptop that USA officials believe can get through airport screening machines undetected", ABC News reported.

When asked in an interview later Tuesday if the president could be trusted with classified information, Blunt answered only, "The president has to have access to all the classified information and he'll continue to, I'm sure".

Comey was sacked as FBI Director last week.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president. At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room.

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