Trump “accidentally” revealed highly-classified info to Russians

The Washington Post just broke a huge story that Donald Trump revealed highly-classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister last week, violating an agreement with a key US ally, and putting at risk the source of that information in the Middle East.

In a nutshell, Trump went “off script” and started bragging to the Russians about how great his intel is. He then started telling them about the details of the ISIS terror plot involving lithium batteries on laptops. This was information given to us by a foreign ally, under the condition we reveal it to no one — especially not to any foreign powers. We were not even permitted to tell other US allies about this information, let alone reveal to the Russians.

The information was so highly-classified that the Trump administration asked the Washington Post not to publish the details of what Trump told the Russians, and the Post complied. Think about that. The information is so sensitive that the Trump administration had to ask the press to censor itself, yet Trump himself handed the info to the Russians.

But that’s exactly what Trump did.

So what’s the impact of that?

1. That US ally may never want to share highly-classified information with us again, it’s just too risky. It was conjecture before that Trump might be so sloppy, so stupid, and so narcissistic that he’d share classified information with the wrong people. Now it’s fact.

2. This also means that other US allies will now worry, justifiably, that the US government will not keep their most highly classified secrets.

3. And this one is really scary. By telling the Russians the city in which we found out about the terror plot, Trump made it possibly for the Russians to find out who or how our ally got this information. Why does that matter? Because that same source could be providing key information about Russian involvement in Syria, where the US and Syria are at odds. This permits the Russians to now undercut that intelligence asset. Per the Post:

A former intelligence official who handled high-level intelligence on Russia said that given the clues Trump provided, “I don’t think that it would be that hard [for Russian spy services] to figure this out.”

I’d say this is unbelievable, but that word is getting old as it pertains to Donald Trump. And in any case, this is all too believable. Donald Trump is an interloper. He never wanted to be president, and never should have been elected president. He’s not ready for the job. He doesn’t have the experience or intellect to pull it off. Nor does he have the self-control.

And now Trump has jeopardized US national security far more than anything he accused Hillary Clinton of. Trump has literally leaked top secrets to the Russians. And while it would be nice to think that he’s simply an idiot, in the context of Trump trying to undermine the Russia investigation, this is exactly the kind of behavior you would expect from someone co-opted by a foreign adversary of the United States.

I can’t say for sure what’s motivating Trump, idiocy or treason, but either way, he shouldn’t be in that office.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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  • Demosthenes

    “Will this now push McConnell to open an independent investigation or to stop colluding with or enabling Trump?”

    No. Yertle the Turtle said today:

    “I read the Washington Post story and I read General McMasters response, which tends to refute the story, rebut the story. I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

    McConnell is a soulless cynical scumbag who doesn’t care in the least what damage Trump does to our country so long as the rich get tax cuts and tens of millions lose healthcare.

  • Demosthenes

    News reports out today now reveal Trump is bragging he intentionally released confidential information to Russia.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Watching Trump unravel the Republicans is just as much fun as it was watching the Clintons and Obama do the same to their Democrat brothers and sisters.

    Their problems are insoluble becasue they administer a capitalist state in it’s death agony and are equally despised and distrusted by a pld help .

    “A select group of top Democratic Party strategists have used new data about last year’s presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they’re right.

    “Many Democrats have a shorthand explanation for Clinton’s defeat: Her base didn’t turn out, Donald Trump’s did and the difference was too much to overcome. But new information shows that Clinton had a much bigger problem with voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but backed Trump four years later.”

    “Those Obama-Trump voters, in fact, effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost, according to Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group. In his group’s analysis, about 70 percent of Clinton’s failure to reach Obama’s vote total in 2012 was because she lost these voters.”

    “His legacy regrettably includes the more than 1,000 Democrats who lost their elections during his two terms. Republicans now have total control in half of America’s states. Why such political carnage?”

    “Faced with the economy’s potential collapse as he took office, Mr. Obama devoted his presidency to the economic recovery, starting with restoring the financial sector. But he never made wage stagnation and growing inequality central to his economic mission, even though most Americans struggled financially for the whole of his term.”

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  • Randy Riddle

    On the bright side, he hasn’t shot anyone on 5th avenue. Yet.

  • Niblet58

    It’s as simple as that. He’s like Eric Cartman, who always gets the latest toy or electronic gadget and has to show it off to Stan, Kyle, and Kenny.

  • goulo

    The Braggart in Chief is all about trying to impress people.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Lucky for Trump, revealing covert agents – an act of treason – isn’t a crime worthy of impeachment. The Serious Democrats fell all over each other to let Bush II get away with it.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    The Bush administration (with the possible involvement of the Vice President) outs a covert CIA operative. And now Trump does this. Please explain how anyone could believe that the republicans are better on national security and foreign policy.

  • woodroad34

    It sort of plays into his statement that he’s so powerful, he could shoot someone in Times Square and no one would care.

  • At this point, I’m almost certain it’s just a game to Trump, to see how far he can push his bullshit, before the Republicans will grow a spine and actually try to do something about it.

  • woodroad34

    Will this now push McConnell to open an independent investigation or to stop colluding with or enabling Trump? They have Pence, they don’t need Trump. Short of being put in jail (which he won’t, because he’s the most powerful idiot in the world), can’t someone put a little radium in his tea?

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