Even while abroad, Trump and his secretary of state are still dogged by questions about the president’s troubles back home, including his disclosure of sensitive information to Russian officials and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Ahead of President Trump’s arrival in Tel Aviv and his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asked about Trump’s meeting with Russian officials nearly two weeks ago in which he passed on highly sensitive intelligence that originated with Israel.
“I don’t know that there’s anything to apologize for,” Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One, traveling to Israel with Trump on his historic first foreign trip as president.
The Washington Post reported that Trump disclosed sensitive information to Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office. U.S. officials told ABC News that the intelligence was shared with the U.S. with the intent that the source remain confidential and, according to the Post, that the information not be disclosed to others.