The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump disclosed revealing details about the origin of the threat to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's man in Washington Sergey Kislyak during a controversial meeting last week.
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Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's election meddling.
On Tuesday, McMaster, in a White House briefing, cast some of Trump's revelations as information that was available from publicly available "open-source reporting" and added that the president did not know the precise source of the intelligence he had shared.
According to U.S. and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats.
They also said Israel asked the U.S.to be careful with the same intelligence.
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The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with US partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip.
The meeting came a day after Mr Trump fired his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey, sparking criticism that he had done so because the FBI was investigating his election campaign's alleged Russian ties. This time around, the Post reported, the intelligence came from a USA ally that hadn't authorized Washington to share it, a development that could shatter essential trust for intelligence and counterterrorism cooperation. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaking about the disclosures on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday.
The idea that Trump could share information gleaned in those conversations with countries that are not friendly to the United States could chill some of these interactions and make world leaders question what they share with Trump.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disputed the report.
Whether the Russians recognized immediately that the intelligence Trump was discussing had come from Israel. "The president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation".
"The White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order".