>> At the center of another storm, President Trump insisting he had an absolute right to share sensitive details with Moscow in the Oval Office. But some of his own top Republicans showing signs they're running out of patience.>> We had a very, very successful meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is saying he did nothing wrong when he shared what sources tell Reuters was in fact classified information with the Russians last week. Technically, he's right. The president has the authority to disclose classified information in ways that could send anybody else to jail.
But the material in question came from a US ally. And Congress's word that Trump's loose lips might make other nations less willing to share what they know with the United States. The New York Times reporting that Israel provided the intelligence. Trying to put out the fire, National Security Advisor, HR McMaster giving a second account of Trump's actions in less than 24 hours.
>> Are you denying that you revealed information that was given to the US by an intelligence partner?>> What the President discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation.>> But Republicans on Capitol Hill who specialize in national security and who have largely stuck with the president until now are growing alarmed.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker saying the White House is in a downward spiral, while Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain saying the news is deeply disturbing. House Speaker Paul Ryan saying he wants a full explanation from the White House. The latest stumbles could not come at a worse time for Republicans, who are trying to advance ambitious health care and tax legislation.
They also need to get a new FBI Director in place after spending last week defending Trump in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe into whether his aides worked with Russia to help win last year's election. The latest ruckus coming as Trump meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a crucial ally in the Middle East.
And as he prepares to head out on his first overseas trip later this week. There's an old saying in politics, if you're explaining, you're losing. The White House and the Republicans in Congress now caught in a familiar cycle of explaining Trump's miscues, rather than trying to move the agenda forward.