Posted on: May 17, 2017
Posted by: Viral Copycat
This is fine.
On Monday evening, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell of a story: "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador." And depending on where you get your news, it's either an overhyped #FakeNews nothingburger or a confirmation of your worst Trump-based fears. Fun times, indeed!
While running for president (and even before), Trump made protecting classified info a priority. If there's one man who'd be less careless in these situations, he told crowds of his supporters, it's Donald J. Trump!
Seriously, check out all the times he tweeted as much:
1. Investigations need to be independent when they involve the president.
The Justice Department's investigation into the national security leaks is not independent. This is a very grave situation.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2012
2. It's a bad idea for the president to get too chummy with the Russians, as that might compromise our national security.
3. Leaking intelligence is no joke. (Fun fact: One of the authors of the article cited in this tweet co-wrote Monday's Post article about Trump's leak to the Russians.)
4. We must have zero tolerance for a president involved in cover-ups.
5. Want accountability? Then investigations must be independent.
6. Seriously, independent investigations rule.
7. There should be outrage when a president leaks national security information.
8. And the media shouldn't let up one bit.
Whatever happened to Obama's 'independent investigation' into national security leaks from his administration? Where's the media?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2012
9. Records were made to be broken, I guess?
Between Libya, the national security leaks and Fast & Furious, Obama has had more national security scandals than any other President.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2012
10. If a president has no problem leaking national security secrets, why can't he release his records — such as his birth certificate? (Or his tax returns?) What's he hiding?
Obama has no problem leaking national security secrets. Why can't he release his records? Especially when $5M is going to charity.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2012
11. We really need to be more careful about who has access to classified information.
How did Snowden, with not even a high school education, get access to top secret U.S. records. He then gave, or sold, those records-traitor!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2013
12. We shouldn't stand for our "weak leaders who are threatening national security."
China, Russia and Iran are laughing at us. We have weak leaders who are threatening our national security. Dangerous times.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013
13. He even proposed some very ... unconventional solutions.
We will never have great national security in the age of computers - too many brilliant nerds can break codes (the old days were better).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2014
14. But unfortunately, if you just say the classified info out loud — say, to the Russian ambassador — having it written down doesn't really do much.
I am starting to think that TOP SECRET information should be done with pen to paper and locked in a safe. Too many can break into computers.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2014
15. Our leaders must be careful with classified info. "This is a very big deal."
150 Clinton E-mails still contain classified information. More sensitive when she was Sec.of State. This is a very big deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2015
16. And being careless with that info makes one "not presidential material."
Hillary Clinton is a major national security risk. Not presidential material!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2016
17. If someone compromises our national security and doesn't face criminal charges, it's evidence of a "rigged system."
18. And people who are careless with "highly classified information" are "not fit!"
Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team "were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information." Not fit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2016
19. So it's probably best if we don't let those people have access to national security information, according to Trump.
Hillary Clinton should not be given national security briefings in that she is a lose cannon with extraordinarily bad judgement & insticts.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2016
20. Here, Trump is worried about leaks of top-secret reports again, even though it turned out that NBC was referring to a declassified version of a report related to an ongoing investigation into Russian hacking and the release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton adviser John Podesta.
How did NBC get "an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?" Who gave them this report and why? Politics!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
21. Having accused Obama's administration of what he perceived to be corruption for leaking to NBC, Trump tweeted that it's imperative we investigate the leaks — with no mention of the corruption.
I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
22. This is serious, guys.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
24. Nothing is more un-American than giving out classified info "like candy."
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
25. Leaking "has been a big problem in Washington for years."
26. Seriously, it's a priority to find the leakers.
The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
27. & 28. The FBI needs to track down the leakers. "FIND NOW."
The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security "leakers" that have permeated our government for a long time. They can't even......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
29. & 30. Again, Trump tweets that the real story is the leaks and not the corruption. But why not both?
The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
The real story turns out to be SURVEILLANCE and LEAKING! Find the leakers.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2017
32. And so on.
Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
33. And, uh, so forth.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
After initially denying the Post report about giving classified info to the Russians, Trump seemed to confirm it on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying that he has the "absolute right" to share whatever info he wants with whomever he wants. He's right, too! As president, it's within his power to declassify whatever material he wants.
So yes, what he did is likely 100% legal. But what he did doesn't mesh with what he's said in the past about being vigilant when it comes to national security, leaks, and classified information.
In tweets 34., 35., and 36., he offered a defense of his actions, appearing to confirm the Post's story in the process:
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
And no, it doesn't seem he ever quite finished that last thought. Maybe a staffer intervened to stop ... the leak?
The hypocrisy between Trump's words and Trump's actions is clear; it might even seem funny if it wasn't our national security he was putting at risk. His reported carelessness with national security makes him, in his own words, "NOT FIT!" to keep America and its allies safe.
If this bothers you (it probably should), now's a pretty great time to reach out to your member of Congress and ask that they hold the president accountable.
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