GOPocalypse commencing is T-minus 10…9…8…
I’m going to assume we’re all on the same page here and just dive right into the latest White House scandal without rehashing yesterday’s news that Trump leaked super top-secret info to Russians. The White House isn’t denying Trump said it; Trump admitted he shared the info, right? Okay. That’s BAD.
But now that the source of the intel has been revealed, things just got abysmally worse, and worse still is that the details of the highly classified intelligence were revealed by the very Russian news agency that was allowed into the meeting between Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
I know details of classified info Trump leaked 2 Russia Ambassador.
Russian news agency Trump let into meeting is reporting it.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 16, 2017
TASS, the Russian news agency allowed into the meeting while American press was not, reported:
According to sources in the White House, the president spoke in detail about the new threat posed by the IG , associated with the use of laptops on flights. Trump said the terrorists may carry out some attacks, and explained what kind of damage they can cause. He also called the city on the territory controlled by the group, where a partner of the US on the exchange of intelligence discovered a new threat. According to officials, Trump said of the steps that the United States has taken to counter the new threat to the IG, including military operations in Iraq and Syria, as well as the tightening of security measures.
That’s BAD. Not even the Washington Post put those specific details into their article because it could endanger lives.
Then the day got even worse. It was later reported by the New York Times that the intel had come from Israel.
Now Israel is pissed off. Two Israeli intelligence officials told Buzzfeed News anonymously that the news of Trump’s loose lips was their “worst fears confirmed.”
One official told Buzzfeed News:
We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing. We do not have this relationship with any other country.
“There has to be trust for this sort of arrangement. I cannot speak for Israel’s entire security apparatus, but I would not trust a partner who shared intelligence without coordinating it with us first.
The other source told Buzzfeed News Israel’s intelligence officials were “boiling mad and demanding answers.”
But Israel is just so damn touchy! Gen. McMaster said today that it’s all cool you guys because Trump had no idea who the source of the information was.
I should just make maybe the statement here that the president wasn’t even aware where this information came from.
OH, WHAT!? That’s totally fine then! Jeez, our bad. I mean, it’s like no big deal if the president throws out intelligence rated a step above “top-secret” if he has no idea what he’s even doing, right?
Here’s the score GOPocalypsers: Trump invited high-level Russian officials into his office; he denied US press access; he told the Kremlin his awesome intelligence tidbit in front of Russian media; Trump got mad when that info leaked (and hey, that could have come from Russia), so he sent his NSA advisor out to lie to the press that the information wasn’t accurate; Trump tweeted it was accurate less than 12 hours later but no big deal; and now one of our strongest allies in the Middle East is pissed off and may be fearful to share further info with our country lest the info fall into the ally of their greatest enemy’s hands, all because the Russians probably have a pee tape on Trump and totally own him, and now whoever passed that intelligence on is in serious danger.
Wow, this is really shaping up to be such an awesome presidency! No wonder Republicans were so mad at President Obama — he had the audacity not endanger the lives of foreign intelligence agents in order to look cool in front of adversaries and play footsy with the Russians when they were being assholes. He had the gall to calculate before he spoke and to have a completely scandal-free presidency! HE WORE A TAN SUIT, FOR F*CKS SAKE!!! All that outrage, I can see now, was so justifiable given what they’re comfortable with now.
Great job, Republicans! We feel so much safer under your leadership.