Did he, or didn’t he? The Washington Post and the New York Times both say President Trump revealed “highly classified information” during a meeting in the Oval Office with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak whose name you may recall being mentioned many times before and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov last week.
Since the release of the original story by the New York Times, the media and much of America have been ablaze with talking heads pointing out different ways President Trump screwed the pooch. On Monday, the White House released a statement by both H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Adviser and his deputy, Dina Powell, stating that “the story is false. The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”
After the incident, the President jumped on Twitter and made his own “official statements” saying: “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining…….to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” These tweets appear to contradict the statements made by his national security adviser but was this gaffe just that or was it more sinister in nature?
Trying to view this from a perspective that leaves out my political leanings, as hard as that may be, I don’t think that President Trump intentionally leaked information to the Russians as part of some wide-ranging conspiracy to sell America out to our long-standing adversary. To be blunt and in agreement with a few of the pundits, I think Trump was simply bragging about his own knowledge and it just slipped out much to the chagrin of the intelligence community.