Other people can be charged with crimes for revealing classified information.
At first McMaster said that his subordinates may have done so "from an overabundance of precaution", but he then said he couldn't be sure because he had not spoken with the subordinate who had made the calls, Thomas Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Earlier Tuesday, and seemingly contradictory, Russian Foreign Ministry officials had told the Moscow-based Interfax news agency that reports that Trump had revealed highly classified secrets to Kremlin officials at the White House were "fake". "And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story.'" Trump told NBC.
"I get great intel". Lower-than-expected US housing data also dampened the dollar.
H.R. McMaster added that none of the US officials present for the president's Oval Office meeting with the Russian foreign minister last week "felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate".
How does this complicate things for the White House?
Making matters worse, the White House was not returning calls to Republican allies, which was also causing consternation. Coming days before Trump's first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S.
Aides in the White House were "furious" after photos from the meeting were tweeted by the Russian embassy in the United States even before the White House told reporters that Kislyak, the ambassador who is well known as a Russian spy, was in the meeting.
What is remarkable about this is that reports in the Israeli press from January said that USA intelligence officials had warned their Israeli counterparts about sharing intelligence with President Trump because of fears he might share such intelligence with Russian Federation.
Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.More news: Oil prices build on gains on expectation of extended crude supply cut
NBC's Brad Jaffy reports that his outlet has confirmed with three sources that Israel was the ally who gave the ISIS-related information to the United States. Other officials have said that the spy agencies were contacted to help contain the damage from the leak to the Russians.
The revelation was first reported by the Washington Post. According to McMaster, "What I'm saying is really the premise of that article is false-that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in national security". The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer introduces National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster for a briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. "He wasn't briefed on the source and method of the information either", McMaster told reporters on Tuesday.
"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern about the president's disclosures. Sen.
McMaster said that the USA and Russian Federation share a common enemy in ISIS, which took responsibility for the October 31, 2015, bombing of Metrojet Flight 9268 from Egypt to Russian Federation that killed all 224 people on board, he said.
Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov "is a step towards that".
President Trump speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week at the White House. "The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately", Collins, a committee member, said in a statement.
Last week, Trump threw his administration into turmoil by taking the rare step of firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. The communications team, in particular, has come in for sharp criticism from the president, as well as his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The Senate's intelligence committee has also asked the White House for more information on the meeting, according to a spokeswoman.