Israel is a source behind the classified intelligence President Trump shared with Russian officials in a White House meeting last week, according to “a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information”.
Israeli officials have not confirmed the report, but Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining a strong relationship with the U.S. and President Trump:
“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” said Dermer.
Israeli officials provided some of the intelligence details, according to officials who spoke to the Times on conditions of anonymity. The administration was urged to be careful with the intelligence, the officials said.
McMaster: Trump was unaware of the source of the information
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster – current national security advisor – told reporters today that President Trump effectively made a ‘spur-of-the-moment’ decision to share the intelligence with Russian officials:
McMaster: Trump "made the decision [to share sensitive information] in the context of the conversation.”
AKA at the spur of the moment.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 16, 2017
McMaster doesn't deny:
1. That Trump relayed classified info from an ally to Russians
2. That Trump named a city
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 16, 2017
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 16, 2017
In January, an Israeli newspaper reported that American officials cautioned Israel to be careful when transferring intelligence to the White House and National Security Council.