Hayes: McMaster Shifted Story on Whether Trump Shared Intel With Russians

Hayes: McMaster Shifted Story on Whether Trump Shared Intel With Russians

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

Original story: The Washington Post is reporting that in a May 10 meeting, President Donald Trump revealed "highly classified" information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador.

Whether the details Trump discussed were sufficient to allow Russian Federation or any other party to determine where Israel has been getting its information-i.e. whether Israel's source is now "burned".

While the official did not want his identity or his country named because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter, he did note that this latest news is cause for concern.

Trump's acknowledgment that he gave sensitive information during a White House meeting last week undercut intense efforts by senior aides to play down the incident on Monday evening after news reports emerged of Trump's conversations about a planned Islamic State operation.

While Trump maintains he wants a better relationship with Russian Federation, members of Congress have criticized Moscow for its role in the Syria civil war, saying it is helping Bashar al-Assad's government kill his opponents in the name of fighting the Islamic State terrorism - and at the same time destabilizing an array of Western governments.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the details of the memo. "To compromise a source is something that you just don't do, and that's why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close as to prevent that from happening". "I have people brief me on great intel every day".

Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's election meddling.

The revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew and drew rare serious criticism of the president from some Republicans.

H.R. McMaster added that none of the US officials present for the president's Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister last week "felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate". White House officials denied the report, and said Trump did not disclose how the classified intelligence was gathered, or by which Middle Eastern ally.

McMaster shot down speculation that such disclosures might have put USA intelligence assets at risk.

"We need a high degree of confidence in all of our organizations so that we can do what we need to do for the president", McMaster said.

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

The New York Times story added that, while the president has broad declassification powers, the ally whose intel was shared "has repeatedly warned American officials that it would cut off access to such sensitive information if it were shared too widely".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he would not comment on the reports.

Trump tweeted a similar defense on Tuesday morning.

"This was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination", McMaster said.