Back in 2013 (ah, the good old days…) Donald Trump Tweeted thusly:
Fast-forward to 2017, and newly inaugurated President Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack anyone who leaked classified information as un-American, and he also wanted the individual (or individuals) responsible for leaking classified information to be found.
Given Donald Trump’s distaste for anyone leaking classified information, it’s ironic that he himself would be caught leaking classified information to his good friends from Russia.
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.
Donald Trump’s willingness to jeopardize an intelligence sharing operation our government has with a partner just to curry favor with his friends in Russia just underscores the wisdom of U.S. intelligence keeping sensitive intelligence from President Trump out of concerns that sensitive intelligence could be leaked or compromised seems prescient.
Donald Trump’s 2013 tweet was accurate in two regards: our nation currently has a weak leader who is threatening our national security, and these are most certainly dangerous times.