Trump: I don’t believe report that Israel is spying on US
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Trump: I don’t believe report that Israel is spying on US

President rejects claims that Israel planted devices in the vicinity of the White House, which was strenuously denied by the Jewish state

US president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May 23, 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
US president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May 23, 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX

President Donald Trump said he does not believe report that Israel is spying on the United States.

Trump’s remark Thursday was about a Politico report that Israel was likely behind the placement of devices in the vicinity of the White House that can capture phone calls.

“I don’t believe that. No, I don’t believe that the Israelis are spying on us,” Trump said from the South Lawn of the White House before heading to a Republican retreat in Baltimore, Fox News reported. “I find that hard to believe.”

Politico in an article published online Thursday cited three unnamed former senior officials with “knowledge of the matter.”

A senior U.S. official denied the report, telling the Los Angeles Times it was “completely false. Absolutely false.”

Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vigorously denied the report. Israel has pledged since the 1986 capture of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard not to spy on the United States, although since then there have been multiple instances of the countries accusing the other of spying.

Amos Yadlin, the former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, reportedly called it “fake news spiced with antisemitism,” stating that Israel bans spying on the U.S.

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