During Donald Trump’s visit to Israel, Trump managed to screw up a simple photo-op with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by insisting that he never “mentioned the word or name Israel” to the Russians during their oval office visit.
On May 10, Trump landed in hot water with Israel and other foreign allies, when he leaked classified information to Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their visit to the Oval Office.
On Monday, during what was supposed to be a routine photo-op, Trump proceeded to dig the hole deeper right in front of Netanyahu. Unprompted, Trump told reporters:
“I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned it during our conversation,” Trump said to reporters before his private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: ABC News
Following Trump’s leak, the administration tried to justify betraying the trust of international allies and putting national security at risk by saying Trump had every right to declassify information as he saw fit.
However, ABC News reported that Trump’s ill-considered disclosure jeopardized the exposure of an Israeli spy who was able to provide intel to the U.S. regarding an active terrorist plot by ISIS.
During the photo-op, Trump continued to defend his mistake, while the Israeli prime minister stretched his fake smile probably wishing for the U.S. president just to shut the fuck up.
“They’re all saying I did,” he said, “so you had another story wrong.”
For his part, Netanyahu told reporters that “The Intelligence cooperations is terrific” between his country and their U.S. allies.
And, you just have to know that Netanyahu was boiling inside while Trump stood there and made a fool out of both of them.
It was reported that U.S. intelligence officials warned Israel, just before Trump’s inauguration, about sharing sensitive information with the new president. I bet now they wish they had listened.