Fast and Furious: Now They're Really Gunning for Trump
Date Written: 18/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20753
Allegations about President Donald Trump revealing highly classified intelligence are intended to bring him down.
On Monday, I saw blaring headlines throughout the day on Twitter about how Trump had betrayed some "highly-classified" intelligence secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting last week. I was busy and paid little attention to this news, but I figured Trump must have committed one of his hallmark impetuous faux-pas involving some massive security breach, given the hysterical tone of the coverage.
I awoke Tuesday to read the stories in the New York Times (NYT), and the Washington Post (WaPo), sourced to anonymous "current and former government officials," recounting that Trump had told the Russians a big secret -- the NYT did not specify what, but WaPo identified it as an "Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft." As both papers acknowledge -- though WaPo makes the irrelevant point that it would be illegal "for almost anyone in government" -- Trump, as president, did nothing illegal in telling the Russians this, and, according to the NYT's own sources, and to National Security advisor Lt. Gen. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- the only people cited who were actually in the room -- Trump "discussed the contents of the intelligence, but not the sources and methods used to collect it."