Trump to Netanyahu: ‘I Never Mentioned the Word Israel’ to Russians When Sharing Their Intel on ISIS

UPDATED (5/22/17 12:53 p.m. ET); Video and longer quote added.

President Donald Trump’s first state trip to Israel, coming just a few days into his first international trip period, has quickly proven to be highly newsworthy. On Monday morning, Haaretz reported that Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel was never mentioned when he shared their intel on ISIS with Russia.

“Just so that you know: I never mentioned the word — or the name — Israel,” said Trump to Netanyahu in front of reporters. “Never mentioned it during the conversation. They were all saying I did, so you [gestures to reporters] had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.”

Netanyahu later told the assembled media that in terms of intelligence sharing, the relationship between Israel and the U.S. is “excellent.”

Maggie Haberman, one of The New York Times reporters behind the story about Trump sharing the ISIS intel with Russia, was quick to point out that the article never said that Trump mentioned the source:

Much of the concern over Trump sharing the Israeli-provided intelligence — which was ostensibly about laptop computer bombs snuck on planes — with Russia was about giving them (and their allies) intel they could use to trace the source. By all accounts, it seems like Trump did not provide any source information, but that was not the only danger.

It can’t be known if information was given that could help Russian intelligence agencies contextualize their own information to find the source. The laptop intel is believed to have come from an Israeli asset in ISIS.

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