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Trump says he never talked about Israel with Russians

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv, Monday, May 22,2017. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

President Donald Trump said he never “mentioned the word or the name Israel” during a recent conversation with top Russian diplomats.

Speaking alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the president was referencing revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat in a recent meeting with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador.

U.S. officials said the information originated from Israel.

The president said, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in that conversation.” But it was never alleged that Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the intelligence, just that he shared the information with the Russians.

Netanyahu added that U.S.-Israeli intelligence cooperation was “terrific.”

Trump embarked on the first overseas trip of his presidency last weekend. He and first lady Melania Trump landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.

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