US President Donald Trump said he never named Israel during an Oval Office conversation with Russian officials in which he revealed intelligence information gathered by an unidentified US ally. This was reported by Bloomberg.
His remarks to reporters in Jerusalem before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supposedly confirm Israel as the source. And it took Trump off script on a trip in which the president for the first in few days had maintained an uncharacteristic discipline in his public comments.
Trump blurted out in defense of his conduct in the May 10 meeting with the diplomats when he was asked Netanyahu whether the Israeli prime minister was concerned about sharing sensitive intelligence with America.
US-Israeli “intelligence cooperation is terrific and it’s never been better,” Netanyahu said.
“I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned during that conversation. They’re all saying I did. So you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.” Trump added.
Neither the questioner nor either of the leaders mentioned Russia in the exchange but both men were responding to reports that Trump passed classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
Earlier it was reported that President of the United States Donald Trump got into the new "spy scandal". The Washington Post, citing unidentified intelligence officials, reported Trump told the diplomats information about an Islamic State plot to use laptop computers as possible weapons on commercial aircraft. The president shared so much detail, the Post reported, that Russian spies and potentially their Iranian and Syrian allies would be able to figure out the sources and methods a US ally has used to penetrate the inner workings of the terrorist group’s operations in Syria.