Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Trump White House returns to crisis mode

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Erik Tate | 16 May, 2017, 10:07

At the time, CNN agreed to withhold key details, including the name of the city where the threat was detected, at the request of U.S. government officials, who were concerned that if it was revealed, it could also reveal intelligence sources and methods.

One former intelligence official is anxious President Donald Trump is out of control in the wake of a report that suggested he shared classified information with two Russian officials.

According to the Post, Trump described details to Lavrov and Kislyak about how ISIS hopes to use laptop computers as bombs on planes.

" 'This is code-word information, ' said a US official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies".

Top administration officials are denying a report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.

"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism".

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods were discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known", he said.

Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, who co-wrote the story, accused the White House of "playing word games" in an interview with CNN.

The Post story - which was later confirmed by The New York Times and BuzzFeed News - does not claim that Trump revealed any specific information about how the intelligence was gathered. He's questioned the competence of intelligence officials, challenged their assessment that Russian Federation meddled in last year's election to help him win, and accused them of leaking information about him and his associates.

"It is all kind of shocking", a former senior US official, who is close to current administration officials, told the Washington Post. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week.

Speaking of irony, Trump's 2016 tweet quoted Comey-and doesn't look great in hindsight. By doing so, Trump jeopardized cooperation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group.

Turkey president: Trump arming Syrian Kurds a 'mistake'
A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the YPG "very quickly", U.S. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit President Donald Trump in Washington next Tuesday.

Since Trump's reveal to Russian Federation, the White House has been trying to fix the situation by contacting the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Reaction from Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees was full-throated.

The story prompted Sen.

- Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 15, 2017Heinrich cited a February photo which allegedly showed a key to classified information sitting on Trump's desk. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote on Twitter around 6 p.m.

"Risking sources and methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians", Sen.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the panel, said the report was of the "gravest possible concern".

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", Schumer said.

For Trump's already tired allies in Congress, the latest crisis brought more headaches and demanded yet more explanation from an administration that is struggling to leave its legislative mark. That's the dilemma. He's going to be called upon to make decisions about how we fight our enemies, so you don't want to withhold information from the President of the United States.

The Trump White House has returned to crisis mode as it reacts to yet another bombshell.

He said he would have more to say when he knows more about the news report.

It was unclear precisely where they were coming from or what they were - but after a reporter tweeted about the noise, White House staffers quickly turned up the volume on the office television, blaring a newscast loudly enough to drown out any other potential noise. "But the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think -- it creates a worrisome environment".

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