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Photo: White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, May 16, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Producers:
Yael Even Or
Katie Cooper
Sáša Woodruff

Will US allies be wary of sharing intel with the administration? 6 MIN, 31 SEC

Just days before departing for his first trip overseas, President Trump is embroiled in another controversy. It's about reports that he shared highly classified information with two high-ranking Russians. At a press briefing this morning, National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster told reporters, "What was shared was wholly appropriate given the premise of that conversation... and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the Pres and any leaders with whom he's engaged."

The Associated Press reports that one European country says it was anything but "routine."  Josh Lederman covers foreign policy, national security and the State Department for the Associated Press.

Guests:
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)

More:
New York Times on Israel being the source of secret intelligence Trump gave Russia

Trump faces Middle East realities ahead of trip 34 MIN, 3 SEC

As President Trump prepares to visit the Middle East, his credibility as a foreign policy partner may have been compromised. But at this morning's press briefing, National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster said it's not the President's remarks to Russian officials that have damaging consequence, but leaks to the press. "I think national security is at risk by this leak and leaks like it. There have been a number of instances where this occurred." But the Washington Post and others are sticking by unnamed sources who claim the President's disclosure of closely held secrets created security problems. The President has tweeted that he has the "absolute right" to say what he wants about classified information.   Meantime, he hosted the President of Turkey today, has a deadline involving the Iran nuclear deal tomorrow… and he's leaving Friday for the Middle East. 

Guests:
Nada Bakos, Foreign Policy Research Institute (@nadabakos)
Mohamad Bazzi, New York University (@BazziNYU)
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)
Negar Mortazavi, Iranian journalist (@NegarMortazavi)

More:
Bazzi on how Trump's moves in Syria threaten US-Turkey alliance
Wright on what Trump can expect on his tour of the Middle East

The Russia reaction to Trump leaks 8 MIN, 58 SEC

Now that the Oval Office conversation between President Trump and Russian officials is the subject of global speculation, let's hear how it is playing out in Russia. The Washington press corps is abuzz with reports that Trump shared classified information with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Is it even a story in Moscow? We ask Alec Luhn, who's based in Moscow for the Guardian.

Guests:
Alec Luhn, Guardian (@ASLuhn)

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