Officials: Intel Trump Shared With Russia Came From Israel

President Donald Trump was unaware of the source of intelligence he shared with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, national security adviser H.R. McMaster at a news conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He al Trump's sharing the information was appropriate.

(Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017)

Israel was the key American partner who provided ISIS-related intelligence that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats at a meeting last week, NBC News reported.

Israel's involvement, first reported by The New York Times, was confirmed by three government officials with knowledge of the matter.

"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," Israel's Ambassador Ron Dermer said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the White House defended Trump's discussing information, reported to be highly classified and involving an ISIS plot on airplanes, with Russia. But the disclosure ignited a firestorm of controversy in Washington.

Trump did not know the source of the information, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said at a news briefing Tuesday.

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