During a Monday news conference with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump inadvertently confirmed that the sensitive intelligence information he shared with the Russian foreign minister came from Israel.
"Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel,'" the president volunteered as journalists were packing up their materials to leave. "Never mentioned it during that conversation," Trump said. "They were all saying I did. So you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word 'Israel.'"
Trump was seemingly referencing a May 15 report by The Washington Post that included allegations that he had disclosed significant intelligence information about the so-called Islamic State to Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
While other news sources have claimed that the information disclosed by Trump was from Israel, the White House has not officially responded to that allegation. The president's unsolicited aside after his meeting with Netanyahu makes it almost impossible to believe otherwise.
The Israeli prime minister has been one of only a few heads of state who have expressed strong support for Trump's policies. In January Netanyahu seemingly endorsed the president's idea of a border wall, alluding to one that the state of Israel had built for itself several years ago.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea 🇮🇱🇺🇸
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) Jan. 28, 2017