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Wed May 24, 2017, 09:03 AM

A not-so-innocent abroad: Trump bumbles across the Middle East

By Dana Milbank Opinion writer May 23 at 6:52 PM

President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

“We just got back from the Middle East,” Trump announced. “We just got back from Saudi Arabia.” At this, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, put his forehead in his palm.

Did Trump not know Israel is in the Middle East? Did he not know he was in Israel? There was little time to contemplate this mystery, because Trump was moving on to generate more puzzlement at his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

The two men had wrapped up a news conference and reporters were shouting questions when Trump volunteered a confession. “Just so you understand,” he announced, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in conversation. Never mentioned it during that conversation. They are all saying I did. So you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.”

Thus did Trump apparently confirm that Israel was the unnamed ally that had provided sensitive intelligence to the United States that Trump then handed over to Russia. U.S. officials were concerned that if the ally were identified, Russia might try to disrupt the source.


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DonViejo May 2017 OP
cyclonefence May 2017 #1

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:07 AM

1. I'm 70 years old, like the President,

and I can tell you, we old folks get tired and confused. Sometimes it's hard to think of the words we want to use.

Plus, he does have Alzheimer's in his family tree, so there's that. We know he's crazy already; how will we know if he also has Alzheimer's disease?

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