But if one were to ask whether it's wise to share that information with an oppressive nation backing the despotic regime of Syrian butcher Bashar Al-Assad, the answer is surely "No".
The information was given to the U.S. by one of its allies who did not wanted Russian Federation to know about it.
The president didn't deny reports out Monday night that he had shared classified information with Russian officials, or that administration officials had sought to contain the damage at the highest levels of the national security apparatus.
In yet another unusual and scary White House incident, President Donald Trump welcomed Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov into the Oval Office last week during a White House visit. According to those reports, the information had been shared with the USA intelligence community by an ally on the basis that it was not shared with others. McConnell said he'd read the story first reported in The Washington Post, and also said he'd read a statement from H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, "which tends to rebut the story".
The report alleges that Trump shared information about laptops on planes, which was given to the United States by an ally who did not give consent for it to be shared with Russian Federation. Trump tweeted that he spoke with the Russians about "terrorism and airline flight safety", but said that he had an "absolute right" to do so. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he wrote in combined tweets.
In another tweet, Trump warned those who were "leaking" information.
Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters as the news broke Monday evening that the Trump White House is "in a downward spiral" and has "got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order". It's been "a very busy day", Burr said, "but we hope to talk with them before we leave". NPR's Mara Liasson said on NPR podcast Up First that what Trump is accused of doingis "lawful but terrible". Comstock is one of the more vulnerable House Republicans, facing a tough re-election campaign in a district that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump last fall by 10 points.
"The administration should promptly share with Congress, in a classified setting, the precise details of the president's meeting", Amash tweeted Tuesday morning.
Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information. "He wasn't briefed on the source and method of the information either".
The Post has stood by its report, saying the president acknowledges that "facts" were shared with Russian envoys. The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that the information Trump shared with Russian Federation came from Israel, a critical ally and source of intelligence in the Middle East.
Earlier, officials staunchly defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.
Version One: White House aides initially disputed the premise of the reporting. Even sharing limited amounts of intelligence about terrorist targets with Russian Federation, in Syria for example, has been the source of major controversy in the past. Their onthe- record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources.
"I was in the room, and it didn't happen", McMaster said at the end of his abrupt statement. "It didn't happen", McMaster said. "That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed", an Israeli intelligence officer told Buzzfeed. That disclosure included highly classified information, the Post reported.
Yes, Trump, as president, does have the legal right to share classified information if he chooses to do so.
And the administration is still reeling from Trump's abrupt firing of Comey.
And GOP Sen. Thom Tillis said members of Congress "should be provided with more information from the administration about the report".
On Monday, McMaster told reporters: "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation".
Lawmakers, including prominent Republicans, are expressing concern about the President's actions and demanding more details from the White House, as broader debate rages over what the episode means for future U.S. intelligence cooperation with foreign powers, and whether efforts to thwart the ISIS plot may have been complicated in some way.
As of Tuesday morning, just two Republicans had signed onto a Democratic effort to create a special prosecutor for a Russian Federation probe.
Unidentified sources told CNN that Israel was the source of "some" of the intelligence. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Kisylak. "If the President outed a highly classified code-word source intentionally, that would be even more unsafe".