The highly classified information that President Trump spilled in his meeting in the Oval Office last week with Russian officials reportedly came from Israel.
The report comes from The New York Times, citing to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the way that the United States obtained the information.
According to reports, Trump divulged the intelligence in the context of boasting to the Russians about the vast information which is available to him. As it turned out, the information which he was passing to one of the U.S.’s most powerful adversaries was some of Israel’s most sensitive information, which included intelligence about an Islamic State terrorist plot.
According to the U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, Israel had urged the U.S. to be careful about the handling of the intelligence, though Trump declared on Twitter on Tuesday that he had the “absolute right” to share the information in the interest of fighting terrorism. In a joint press conference with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said that he had a “very, very successful meeting” with the Russians.
The officials also warned that Trump’s disclosure could damage the relationship between the U.S. and Israel because it “raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia’s close ally and Israel’s main threat in the Middle East.”
Israel reportedly had been warned about the Trump White House’s handling of classified information according to reports in Israeli newspapers. Specifically, American officials had cautioned “their Israeli counterparts to be careful about what they told the Trump administration because it could be leaked to the Russians, given Mr. Trump’s openness toward President Vladimir V. Putin,” according to the New York Times.