National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, generally thought of as one of the few sane voices in the White House, has capitulated to Trump.
Following the Washington Post article reporting that Trump had imparted highly classified intel to the Russians during their visit to the Oval Office, McMaster issued a statement denying the incident ever took place. However, McMaster’s denial did not address the charge made in the Post article.
Glancing frequently at a prepared statement, McMaster said,
There is nothing the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people.
The story that came out tonight is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation.
At no time – at NO time – were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.
Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record account should outweigh those of anonymous sources.
I was in the room. It didn’t happen.
That’s all well and good, but the Post article didn’t address intelligence sources or military operations. It reported that the material shared concerned code-word “details of an Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.”
This information was given to the United States by an ally that requires permission be given before that intel is shared with another country. The New York Times is now reporting that country was Israel. Obviously, Trump didn’t pay attention to the rules of play. By ignoring those rules, he has imperiled the United States. Let’s face it: Who wants to share sensitive information with a blabbermouth?
Of course, Trump took to Twitter to defend himself.
He then decried those nasty “leakers” in the intelligence community, apparently not appreciating the fact that aside from being a #whineylittlebitch, he’s also the #LeakerinChief.
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