White House counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert, who was not in the May 10 meeting, learned about what Trump said when he read notes immediately afterward, a US official with direct knowledge told NBC News.
Moscow values the fact that Cyprus tends to avoid EU-imposed anti-Russian sentiments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday. Lavrov also meant to exchange views on the issue of Cyprus reunification.
Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, left, shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias). Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, right, and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov walk following their meeting at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Just days before President Donald Trump's arrival in Tel Aviv, Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings, furious over news that the US commander-in-chief may have compromised a vital source of information on the Islamic State and possibly Iran, according to a USA defense official in military planning...
Lavrov was in Cyprus on Thursday for talks with his Cypriot counterpart.
He pointed out that this should have already been obvious from the USA ban on laptops two months ago for travelers from several Middle Eastern countries.
Lavrov said Trump simply talked about how terrorists "are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials".
He said the USA and Russian Federation must pool efforts in the fight against terrorism and work together to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation.
He joked that some USA media were acting like communist newspapers during the Soviet Union and not offering real news.
"As far as I can recall, maybe one month or two months before the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven middle Eastern counties and it was connected directly with the terrorist threat", Lavrov added.
President Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (l.) and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the White House May 10..
"What the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged", Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, told reporters Tuesday.
Mr Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he has the authority to disclose whatever he likes.
President Trump and the White House defended the incognito convo, with Trump pointing out he is allowed, as commander-in-chief, to reveal classified information to foreigners.