The cover story during the campaign was Hillary would be the candidate if elected we needed to worry about mishandling classified information. Turns out it’s Donald Trump who can’t help but pass along state secrets to his Russian bed buddies.
In a White House meeting last week with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, Trump revealed “code-word” information pertaining to an ISIS plot provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. Apparently, “code-word” intelligence is of the highest sensitivity, and access to what Trump revealed was restricted even to allies and within the American government.
Interestingly, the administration pushed back on this tidal wave of a revelation late yesterday, walking a tightrope to express how Trump didn’t reveal the source and collection method associated with this intelligence. On face that’s true, but Trump did boast to the Russians about the impressive intelligence briefing he was given daily, and did disclose the sensitive information captured by this U.S. ally, which was first reported by the “Washington Post.”
The administration can spin this excuse like a tilt-a-whirl and traverse the narrowest of edges, but that fails to explain why if this exchange of information with a hostile nation was no big deal, how come as soon as that meeting ended Trump officials felt compelled to contact the CIA and intelligence organizations to warn them of what the president revealed.
Of course Trump tweeted Friday that, “…it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy.” It has become blatantly obvious that the truth is something we can’t expect from Trump or his people. The Trumpster faces the biggest credibility gap of any president since at least Richard Nixon, who was a criminal. The most recent Quinnipiac Poll found 61 percent of Americans sampled said Trump wasn’t honest.
Instead of denying this story, Trump said he had the “absolute right” to share this information with Russia. To me it doesn’t appear Mr. Trump is either capable nor living up to his end of “faithfully executing the Office of the President of the United States.”