President Trump is under fire for sharing classified information with Russia.
It happened last week when Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Moscow's ambassador to Washington visited the president in the oval office. Trump told them about an Islamic State plot to use laptop bombs on civilian aircraft, sources said
Some officials say that information was classified and could expose the source of the information and how it was collected.
Trump said in a tweet he was within his rights to share that information.
"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism," he said in a series of tweets Tuesday.
Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said more information from the White House about what happened is essential.
“Russia is not a friend to the United States, and protecting our country’s classified information from our adversaries is essential. While it is fully within the President’s powers to manage classified information and direct our country’s foreign policy, if classified information was divulged without good reason, it could not only be extremely imprudent, but also hamper our ability to gather intelligence in the future. I appreciate General McMaster and Secretary Tillerson sharing additional details, but I hope the Administration comes forward and provides a full explanation of the facts to Congress soon," said Toomey, a Republican, in a statement.
Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey criticized President Trump's actions on Twitter.
He said, in part, "By sharing highly classified intelligence with a foreign adversary, [President Trump] has made our nation less safe. Any president can legally declassify intelligence information. However, this is not a question of legality. Rather it’s about the appropriate use of highly classified, sensitive intelligence & how to use that intelligence in a manner that will increase the likelihood that the U.S. and our coalition partners will defeat ISIS and keep our country safe."
It is now believed that the information Trump shared came from Israel, but the White House would not comment on those allegations.
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