May 16, 2017

Spicer refuses to comment on report Trump shared Israeli intel

Evan Vucci / AP

Sean Spicer wouldn't confirm or deny whether Israel was the source behind the sensitive information Trump shared with senior Russia officials last week. He also failed to shed light on whether the intel was classified. Getting into "What is and what isn't classified is a dangerous road," he said.

  • Nature of information: It regarded a common threat. "Why wouldn't we want to share a common threat?"
  • On transcripts from Russian meeting: Three individuals who were present in the meeting already gave statements, said Spicer.
  • On leaks to press: "What has occurred here... is frankly dangerous," said Spicer. "It undermines our national security."
  • Western Wall: Spicer said it is in Jerusalem, but would not state whether the administration believes Wall is located in Israel. McMaster dodged the same question earlier.

Of note: NYT's Glenn Thrush offered a visual of Spicer, tweeting that he "looks, very very subdued..."

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