As Trump embarks on his first foreign trip, which includes going to Israel, Foreign Policy magazine reports that Israel intelligence is “furious” over his off-the-cuff revealing of highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
Just days before President Donald Trump’s arrival in Tel Aviv, Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings, furious over news that the U.S. commander in chief may have compromised a vital source of information on the Islamic State and possibly Iran, according to a U.S. defense official in military planning.
“To them, it’s horrifying,” the official, who attended the meetings, told Foreign Policy. “Their first question was: ‘What is going on? What is this?’”
White House officials are touting Trump’s visit to Israel next week as a chance to show U.S. solidarity with its closest Middle East ally after eight years of friction between former President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But behind the public display of harmony, Israeli intelligence officers are angry and alarmed over the U.S. president revealing sensitive information in a May 10 meeting in the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
Trump divulged classified information gathered by Israel about specific terrorist plotting by the Islamic State. The information reportedly revealed Islamic State advances in bomb-making that could be used to mask an explosive device inside a laptop, and also referenced the city where the unfolding plot was being hatched.The details Trump spilled likely came from a source that was also useful on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hezbollah proxies in Syria and Lebanon, which are much higher priorities for Israel, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said…
While Israeli intelligence officials were aware of Trump’s limited grasp of military operations and intelligence procedures, they didn’t expect the inexperienced president to play fast and loose with “one of their most sensitive of accesses,” the defense official said.
If the source was lost, it also could affect a U.S.-led military operation to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State with American-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces, he said.
“Sources aren’t infinite,” he said. “They are already reassessing: ‘Where are we going to be able to gain that kind of information?’”
Israel is one of our most important sources of intelligence on what is going on in Iraq, Iran, Syria and the rest of the Middle East. If Trump burned an important asset for them, they are absolutely right to be furious. But I can answer the question of “what is this?” It’s what happens when you put a child in charge of a country. It’s what happens when you elect someone who has a crying, pathological need to posture and preen and act like he knows everything and controls everything.
He has zero mental discipline. He just blurts out anything that pops into his head without regard to consequences, then demands that his underlings clean up his messes and blames them when they can’t. He’s still a rich kid with the maturity of a 9 year old, dumping his food on the floor and ordering the maid to clean it up.