President Donald Trump continued his focus on Iran during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel Monday, while also briefly touching on the intelligence situation with Russia.
“Iran will never have nuclear weapons, that I can tell you,” Trump told reporters, adding Iran should be “grateful” for the benefits of the nuclear deal it signed with world powers in 2015.
“We gave [the Iranians] great wealth and prosperity,” Trump said.
Trump also waded into the sensitive subject of the intelligence leak to Russian officials earlier this month, saying he never mentioned Israel during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak May 10 in the Oval Office, where he reportedly divulged classified information on the Islamic State terror group that was provided by Israel.
“Never mentioned it (Israel) during the conversation, they’re all saying I did, so you (the media) had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel,” Trump said.
Netanyahu said he regards U.S.-Israel intelligence cooperation as “terrific.”