DNC Chair Perez: Trump one of our ‘greatest security threats’

DNC Chair Perez: Trump one of our ‘greatest security threats’
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE on Tuesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE over a report that he shared classified information from Israel with Russia.

“Trump’s actions directly jeopardize our relationship with Israel and pose a security threat to our national security and risk lives, including those of our troops abroad,” he said in a statement.

“It is chilling to think that one of our nation’s greatest security threats is coming from inside the Oval Office.”


The New York Times on Tuesday reported that the classified information Trump shared with Russian officials last week came from Israel, citing both a current and former U.S. official.

Israeli officials would not confirm the Times’s report.

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said in an emailed statement.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that Trump did not jeopardize intelligence assets during a White House meeting last week.

“The president in no way undermined sources or methods in the course of this conversation,” he said at the White House.

“The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from. He wasn’t briefed on the source.”

The Washington Post on Monday reported that Trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump relayed information from a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Trump’s “code-word information” disclosure risks damaging the relationship with the source country, which has access to ISIS's inner workings.