Donald Trump: 'I have the absolute right' to share data with Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President Trump. MFA Russia
The US President has defended his decision to share information with Russia during a meeting at the White House last week.
Donald Trump has admitted he shared information about "terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russia.

The US President met the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, at the White House last week.
On Monday reports emerged that he had shared highly classified information with the two men during the meeting.
The news was met with widespread condemnation from Democrats, and his actions were also criticised by many of his fellow Republicans.

Responding to the controversy on Twitter, Mr Trump posted a series of tweets that said: "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 did not address whether the information he shared was classified.

According to The Washington Post and other media outlets, during the meeting Mr Trump boasted of the great intelligence he had received about an Islamic State plot to use laptops to blow up planes.
That information had apparently been received from another country and was not America's to share.
Earlier on Monday the White House denied that any classified information was revealed.
National security adviser General HR McMaster, who was in the room for the discussions, said the men had discussed "a range of common threats to our countries including threats to civil aviation"

But that "at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed" and that "the President did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known".
Russia's foreign ministry has also denied the reports.
The meeting happened the day after Mr Trump sacked FBI director James Comey, who was in charge of investigating whether the President's campaign colluded with Russia to swing the election.
There is no suggestion Mr Trump has committed a crime as he has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will.
However, he has been accused of acting unwisely and jeopardising long-standing intelligence-sharing agreements by sharing information without consulting the ally that provided it.
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