WASHINGTON - Hours after the Washington Post reported on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump exposed highly classified information provided by a close ally to senior Russian officials, the White House announced that Trump’s first agenda item for Tuesday is a phone call with Jordanian King Abdullah.
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According to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation, the sensitive information Trump shared was about a planned ISIS operation and was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group.
While the White House did not say what Trump and Abdullah will discuss, the very fact that the call is slated and its prominent place on the president's agenda raised speculations that perhaps the ally that was hurt as a result of Trump's conduct was Jordan, a country that plays an important role in the battle against ISIS.
On the other hand, Jordan is also an important player when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Therefore, the planned conversation could just as well turn out to be devoted to Trump's upcoming visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the debate over moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv Jerusalem, or the summit that will take place this weekend in Saudi Arabia during which Trump will meet with a number of Arab leaders.
The White House said the allegations that Trump gave the Russian officials sensitive intelligence were not correct. "The story that came out tonight as reported is false," H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters at the White House.
Abdullah and Trump met at the White House in April, making the Jordanian king the first world leader to have met Trump twice since the president took power. Speaking at a press conference following their meeting, Trump said he hopes to "be successful in finally finding peace between the Palestinian people and Israel."
Complimenting Trump on his efforts on that front, Abdullah said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains "essentially the core conflict" in the Middle East. He added that Jordan and the rest of the Arab world remain committed to the Arab Peace Initiative from 2002.