White House to Begin Investigation on President's Leaked Briefing Papers

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The decision by staff to leak of such sensitive information about Oval Office deliberations exposed a deep frustration within the White House about the president's ad-hoc approach and disregard for the advice of his inner circle.

The White House fumed Wednesday about an embarrassing leak regarding Donald Trump's shock decision to congratulate Russia's Vladimir Putin on his re-election, as lawmakers blasted him for feting the strongman's landslide win. He tweeted: "Bush tried to get along, but didn't have the "smarts". They also said there now is an internal probe of the leak but provided no other details.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. Trump he did so anyway during a conversation on Wednesday.

In his tweets Wednesday, Trump said Russian Federation could "help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race".

The White House is scrambling to stem a tide of leaks and rumors, White House sources told The Daily Beast this week.

Trump said in an interview during his presidential campaign that he believed federal employees should sign nondisclosure agreements.

The White House leak also compounded a major diplomatic victory for Moscow, offering Mr Putin legitimacy while giving him a wedge to drive between western allies and within the White House itself.

The Russian statement forced the hand of the White House, where advisers had disagreed on whether to include Trump's congratulations in the official US account, two people familiar with the conversation said.

Although Trump told reporters that "probably, we'll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future", several officials said there are no plans for the two even to be in the same country until November, when both are expected to attend a Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

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Earlier Monday in a separate case, a three-judge panel also ruled ruled against eight state Republican lawmakers. For almost three weeks, the Supreme Court took no action on the final appeal from the Pennsylvania GOP.

It was not clear whether the document in question was classified, but it was included with other classified papers.

It also was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, had read the talking points prepared by his national security team before Tuesday's call. Trump's call came at a period of heightened tension after the White House imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its interference in the 2016 US election and other "malicious cyberattacks".

The leak further casts doubt on McMaster's longevity in the top foreign policy post.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said, "An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections". Other aides said Trump is keen to forge a different sort of relationship with Putin, and he did not want to antagonise him.

He said that during their hoped-for meeting the two men would likely discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea.

A White House source defended the allegedly jovial nature of the Putin call to Axios.

Allies, most notably in Britain, were furious about Trump's apparent lack of solidarity after double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned in a small English town. Russian Federation has denied the accusation.

The White House did not return the Post's multiple requests for comment. Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

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