The White House said Tuesday that the first item on the day’s agenda for US President Donald Trump would be a phone call with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
The announcement fanned speculation that Jordan might be the US ally possibly compromised by Trump’s reported passing of sensitive intelligence information to senior Russian officials last week.
According to revelations in the Washington Post Monday, off-the-cuff disclosures by Trump to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Moscow’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, last Wednesday may have jeopardized an important source of intelligence on the Islamic State terror group.
According to US officials, Trump’s revelations endangered cooperation with a US ally that is reported to have access to the workings of the Islamic State.
Jordan plays an important role in the coalition battling IS.
The White House has denied that Trump gave sensitive intelligence details to the Russians.
The scheduled phone call could also relate to Trump’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian Authority later this month.
During the king’s visit to the White House in April, Trump told a press conference he would work together with Jordan to attain an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and would consult Abdullah over the best way to strike a comprehensive accord.