by Itunuoluwa Adebo
According to CNN, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information on ISIS bomb-making capabilities that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats.
The White House declined to comment on Israel being the source. Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, would also not comment on the intelligence, but expressed confidence in the nation’s relationship with the US.
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“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,” Dermer said.
Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that he can’t comment on whether the Israelis were the source of the information Trump reportedly shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week.
“I cannot comment specifically on that,” Spicer said.
Other Arab allies, also supplied some intelligence that drove the US to impose restrictions on laptops and other electronics on flights from 10 countries in the region.
The New York Times was first to report Israel was an intelligence source.