Trump On Spy That He Burned And Whom No One Brought Up: ‘I Never Mentioned Israel’

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Trump’s handling of the time he burned the Israeli spy described as the single “most valuable source” against ISIS plots could not be worse.


While in Israel, Trump told randomly blurted out to a room full of reporters, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel.” This was odd for two reasons: first, nobody in the room accused him of saying anything about Israel to the Russians. Second, the notion that he burned an Israeli spy was pointed out last week. In fact, here’s exactly what the Wall Street Journal wrote a few days ago about this genuinely terrifying leak at the greatest height of our government:

The classified information that President Donald Trump shared with Russian officials last week came from an Israeli source described by multiple U.S. officials as the most valuable source of information on external plotting by Islamic State.

These officials, who are privy to intelligence about the terrorist group’s efforts, said the source of information was particularly valuable for tracking Islamic State’s attempts to place explosive devices on commercial airplanes.

As an aside, the CIA knew something like this was going to happen.

And genuinely, nobody brought up the spy at all. Trump was just wandering around the room (really, he was just ambling around looking at nothing) and then blurted it out “just so you understand,” as he said to the media.

Watch the full clip here for his wandering. He looks out of his mind:


And watch this clip for the moment around 40 seconds in. It looks like Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to strangle the guy. At that very moment, Netanyahu, a man who served in the Israeli special forces, is using every fiber of his being not to choke out the President of the United States of America. It is quite a moment.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.



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