The Trump regime’s careless handling of classified materials is drawing new public criticism from one Democratic Senator concerned about the President’s sloppy desk. A sharp-eyed Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) noticed that Trump allowed news photographers to capture an image of himself with Intel’s CEO and a classified document “lockbag,” with the key still inside.
Trump just exposed the type of key to public scrutiny via the photo which was ultimately published in a Washington Post story calling him the 2nd president claiming success for the promised construction of an Intel factory, which was announced in 2013 and has yet to materialize. More importantly, his carelessness would allow anyone in the room to simply open the classified materials case, or to themselves make an image of the key.
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) February 10, 2017
Republicans figuratively tarred and feathered Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for “mishandling” classified material when the fact is that her private email server was never breached and she was cleared of all wrongdoing by the FBI – twice.
Shamefully, his party isn’t planning to investigate a damn thing he does either, but somehow Hillary’s emails are still on the House Oversight Committee’s agenda.
Meanwhile, after the election, Donald Trump used private phones at Trump Tower to conduct foreign diplomacy (and self-serving business deals), his staff used a private email server after taking office specifically to try and hide public records, before being quickly exposed, and the new President is still using an unsecured Android cellphone to communicate sensitive official business in addition to sending idiotic tweets.
Democratic Senator Heinrich’s astute observation of Trump’s latest security breach comes in the wake of reports that he isn’t much interested in security briefings, but ready to Tweet about his daughter Ivanka’s sinking clothing brands because Nordstrom dumped them.
Yet we will doubtlessly hear nothing but crickets from the Republicans, who are all too happy to look the other way at whatever Donald does so that they can gut the rest of the American middle class and arrange huge paydays for their corporate masters.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition