Remember when Donald Trump called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for mishandling classified information by using a private email server, well now Donald Trump apparently devolved sensitive information about the Islamic State threat with Russian officials but that is okay according to those in the White House. On Monday, White House staff scrambled to figure out to how to defend POTUS after his meeting with Russian officials and his latest tweets where he says he has the “absolute right” to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to step up their fight against ISIS and terrorism.”
According to Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said in a statement that the president “did not discuss sources, methods or military operations” with the Russians. News organizations however, focused on the breach of espionage etiquette, and possibility that American allies might be discouraged from sharing intelligence with that United States.
Trump tried to turn the attention away from what he had disclosed to trying to find out who had leaked the information from the meeting he had with the Russian officials. I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community,” he wrote. Of course this made the White House have to scramble to “reconcile the gap between them and General McMaster’s comments.” Additionally a source reveals that they are constantly having to go into damage-control with what Trump says and that has made it difficult to recruit talented outsiders needed to staff the still short-handed West Wing staff.
The question everyone wants to know is at what point are the Republicans going to stop defending Trump’s actions?