Trump became the fourth U.S. president to uphold the decades-long pledge not to press Israel to give up its nuclear weapons, The New Yorker reports
Jun 19, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump became the fourth U.S. president to uphold the decades-long pledge not to press Israel to give up its nuclear weapons after a delegation of senior Israeli officials met with the then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House, according to a report published in The New Yorker on Monday. But Flynn resigned amid the Russia scandal later that day.
The Israeli delegation, including ambassador Ron Dermer, visited the White House in 2017 and met with Trump’s administration to discuss, among other topics, signing the secret letter. According to the report, it is unclear whether Israel’s nuclear weapons issue is a matter of transmitting information between the administrations.
The report said that White House aides felt blindsided by the request; they were unaware of the existence of the letters. “This is our fuckin’ house,” one of the aides said after feeling as though Israeli officials were pushing them around.