Netanyahu and Trump speak on phone amid growing row over Russia leak

Israeli PM’s office says call was solely about US president’s upcoming visit, not his decision to share sensitive intelligence with Russia

Donald Trump and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have spoken by telephone amid an escalating row over the US president’s sharing of highly sensitive intelligence with Russia, reportedly supplied by Israel.

The intelligence breach is the latest drama to affect Trump’s visit to Israel and the Middle East next week, although a spokesman for Netanyahu insisted the 20-minute call – initially not publicised – concerned only details of Trump’s trip.

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