The Trump administration is in full damage control mode after The Washington Post’s bombshell report yesterday. Sources within the White House revealed that Trump shared highly classified intel with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the Oval Office. Needless to say, the backlash was immediate.
Since the administration is quickly running out of credible mouthpieces with each new spokesperson being sent out to force-feed the American people outrageous lies, Trump ordered one of his lesser seen, and better-respected proxies, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, to address the report.
General McMaster wiggled through his comments to reporters, saying that the Post’s story was “false as reported” but never outright denying the allegations.
The glaring problem is the phrasing. McMaster’s wording is carefully constructed to mean that even the smallest error in the Post’s story would make him technically correct. He didn’t refute the fact that Trump gave the Russians classified information, instead saying that Trump didn’t give all of the details away, a point which the Post never alleged in the first place.
Today, McMaster made another “non-denial denial.” During a press conference, he gave an alarming statement:
“The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from. He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of the information either.”
The clear implication is that Trump, the President of the United States, couldn’t be trusted with the source of the intel. His subordinates withheld those details, because they knew he might spill them. They were right.
This revelation is completely unprecedented. A president’s job is to make executive decisions based on the best available information. If Trump can’t be trusted with all the details, he certainly can’t be trusted or expected to make prudent decisions. All of which is worsened further when one considers that foreign intelligence services are guaranteed to be more reluctant to share information with the United States now. If American spies and intelligence officers don’t trust the president, why would other nations?
With each passing day, Trump erodes the dignity of his office, America’s standing in the world, and our ability to defend ourselves. In one bumbling, incompetent move, he has severely damaged the United States’ ability to predict and prevent future terror attacks. Trump is a grave risk to the welfare of this country. He must be impeached.
Robert Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.