Wednesday, January 03, 2018

9 bizarre things Trump did on the world stage in 2017 you probably forgot

So much winning.

By Jennifer  Dec 27, 2017, 2:30pm EST

2017 in Review
President Trump has gotten the US locked in a military standoff with North Korea, thrown the future of the Iran nuclear deal into doubt, weakened NATO, emboldened Russia, and triggered a diplomatic crisis over Jerusalem.

And he’s done that all in under 12 months.

Trump’s first year as commander in chief has been full of so much drama — most, though not all, generated by the president himself — that it’s easy to lose sight of the other weird, inappropriate, or just plain bizarre things Trump did on the world stage in 2017.

So, without further ado, here’s a reminder:

1) Gave Russia classified intel that compromised an undercover Israeli spy inside ISIS
On May 10, Trump met in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Kislyak’s presence at the meeting raised eyebrows, as he was (and still is) a key figure in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia.

Perhaps even stranger, though, was the presence of a photographer from Russia's state news agency. He was the only journalist allowed in the room — all US journalists were barred from attending.

Then things got even weirder.

At one point in the meeting, Trump revealed highly sensitive information about an ISIS plot to bomb airplanes using laptops that endangered the life of an Israeli spy living under deep cover in ISIS territory.

The disclosure seems to have been the result of Trump bragging to the Russians about the quality of his intelligence. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to the Washington Post.

After Trump’s meeting, the Post reports, senior White House officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency to try to contain the damage.

Israeli intelligence officials, meanwhile, warned that Trump’s careless disclosure could jeopardize the tight US-Israel intelligence-sharing partnership.

“The fact that the American president is revealing information to other countries, to Russia, for Israel it will lead us to stop giving any intelligence to the Americans,” a former senior Israeli intelligence official who worked for Israel’s Shin Bet security service told Newsweek. “I can’t see how the Israeli intelligence can keep giving sensitive intelligence to the Americans.”

2) Told the president of France’s wife “you're in such good shape!”
In July, the president and the first lady traveled to Paris for Trump’s first-ever meeting with the newly-elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron.

Surrounded by reporters, Macron, Trump, and their wives smiled and embraced.

Trump then took a step back and appraised Brigitte Macron, looking her up and down. “You’re in such good shape,” he said to her. He then turned to her husband and repeated his appraisal of her: “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.”

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