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    US President Donald Trump's contempt for "normal" processes of government that would serve to prepare him to deal with foreign officials has caused a disorder within the White House, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said in an interview on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak information about a terror threat involving laptops on airplanes. The information reportedly came from a US partner through an intelligence-sharing agreement.

    "Here is a president who does not seem to prepare in detail, is a bit disdainful, even contemptuous of the institutions of government in order to get him ready," Hayden told CNN. "And that's just an approach that's triggered to create the kind of events we saw last week."

    Hayden added that the president's actions, such as reported leak of classified information during the meeting with Russian officials, do not require malevolent intent, but may simply be a by-product of the approach Trump assumed for these kind of meetings.

    Following the media reports, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster stressed that Trump has not revealed any intelligence sources in the conversation at the White House last week. The officials spoke about threats from terrorist organizations, including threats to aviation, McMaster emphasized.

    Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell in a statement refuted the media claims and called the story "false." Later, Trump himself took to Twitter and said that he had every right to share information on terrorism and the safety of flights with Russian officials.

    Kremlin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov echoed the sentiment, calling the allegations that Trump shared secret information with Russian officials "absurd."

    On May 10, Trump met with Lavrov and Kislyak at the White House. The two Russian diplomats also held a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and discussed global terrorism, Syria, Ukraine as well as bilateral relations.

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