U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to share highly classified information about Islamic State with two top Russian diplomats, a day after his national security advisor refuted claims he had done so. Lisa Bernhard reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defending his decision to share highly classified information about Islamic state with two top Russian diplomats and potentially jeopardizing an important U.S. intelligence source. Trump tweeting: '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.' His tweets coming after National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster on Monday pushed back on the claims, first made by two U.S. officials in a Washington Post report. Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak just one day after firing FBI Director James Comey, who is heading the Russian investigation into the 2016 election meddling. The shockwaves from Trump's latest controversy coming as he is set to meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erogan Tuesday, and clouding what already looks to be a potentially awkward meeting between Trump and Erdogan. The U.S. is planning to provide heavy weapons on the ground to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria in the fight against ISIS. Turkey - while an ally in combating Islamic State - insulted by the move, as the government considers the YPG an insurgency group. Erdogan also looking for the extradition of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, claming he's the mastermind behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July. Trump's latest political firestorm also coming as he plans for his first big foreign trip later this week - including a stop in Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, a NATO meeting and planned visits to Israel and the Vatican.