Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Vladimir Putin vows to hand over President Trump talks transcript

Vladimir Putin says he is willing to hand over a transcript of a discussion between Donald Trump and senior Russian officials.
President Trump allegedly disclosed highly classified information about "terrorism and airline flight safety" while meeting foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Trump did not pass over secrets and dismissed the scandal as "political schizophrenia".

He added that he was "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next."

It comes amid reports the US President asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia.

On Tuesday, national security adviser General HR McMaster said the intelligence sharing was "wholly appropriate" and based on "open source reporting".
Despite reports Mr Trump shared the information in a way that would have allowed the Russians to work out its origin, General McMaster asserted the President "in no way compromised any sources".

He said: "The President wasn't even aware of where this information came from - he wasn't even briefed on the source or method of this information either."

There is no suggestion Mr Trump committed a crime as he has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will.

SKY        News.