President Trump’s two-day Israel visit was meant to accelerate peace talks with Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, but now it seems our Commander-In-Chief has to squash more ridiculous rumors before moving forward with what he calls the “ultimate deal.”
The President and National security adviser H.R. McMaster had hoped the overseas endeavor would take attention away from scandals back home and place them on Trump’s foreign policy agenda. But it seems the President’s call to fight worldwide terrorism has been clouded yet again by unfounded reporting.
The global concern was raised with claims that President Trump used his May 10th meeting with Russian diplomats to share intelligence about an ISIS plot involving explosive devices in laptops carried on commercial airplanes. The information was reportedly gathered by a spy embedded within the terrorist group that was working on behalf of Israel, and Israeli intelligence officials shared frustration with their American counterparts, assuming the disclosure had possibly jeopardized an important source of information. But according to The Washington Post, President Trump did NOT discuss specific sources and methods with the Russian officials.
“I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned during that conversation,” Trump said in Jerusalem during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As usual, President Trump was unafraid to defend his stance on the scandal, stating confidently that the media got another one wrong.
“They’re all saying I did, so you have another story wrong,” he continued. “Never mentioned the word Israel.”
McMaster, who was in the room, said last week that Trump “wasn’t even aware of where this information came from” because “he wasn’t briefed on the source.”
Wherever the story originated, it was clearly spread to distract from President Trump’s successful stop in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, where Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. To further mute the contentious rumors – and hopefully put an end to Russia scandal talks – Netanyahu officially stated that “intelligence cooperation is terrific” with the United States and has “never been better.”
This contradicting news can only slow talks of peace in the Middle East and more seriously, threaten the safety of our leaders overseas. There has never been a more important time to ignore the false attacks on this administration and support our President’s agenda for progress!