President Trump really does have a tweet that contradicts just about everything he says or does, even about leaking classified information.
The latest news about Trump willfully disclosing classified information about an intelligence source informing from inside of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Russian emissaries in an Oval Office meeting last week is turning lots of heads and raising questions. According to the Washington Post, the source, who is said to be from a U.S. “partner” in the area (perhaps Turkey) in a special position to provide unique information about ISIS’ activities, may have second thoughts about diplomatic relations with the U.S. as a result of Trump’s loose lips:
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. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.
Of course, Trump’s carelessness with the Russian foreign minister directly goes against something Trump called on all U.S. officials to do in a February tweet, condemning leaks of classified information to outside sources.
“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy,” President Trump tweeted on February 15 of this year. “Very un-American!”
The tweet was likely sent in response to a scathing New York Times report published that same day, in which key Trump campaign officials were shown to have been in repeated contact with Russian officials. Roughly one month after that story was published, then-FBI Director James Comey would announce the existence of an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia.
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
As of this writing, the Trump White House has not yet responded to the Post’s report.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.