Israel was the source of the information that President Donald Trump disclosed to Russia's foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, an official briefed on the matter told ABC News.
Interested in Donald Trump?Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
News of Trump's disclosure, first reported by The Washington Post, caused a firestorm. He tweeted that he spoke with the Russians about "terrorism and airline flight safety" and that he had an "absolute right" to do so.
Trump declined to characterize the information shared as classified, and his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, also declined to do so when asked today by ABC News' Jonathan Karl.
The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said in a statement, "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump."
"The president wasn't even aware where this information came from. He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either," McMaster said at a press briefing.
On Monday, McMaster said, "At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known."
Earlier today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump's meeting with Russian officials included "a discussion about a shared aviation threat."
"They shared and discussed a shared threat that our two countries have," he said to reporters off camera.