In one of his routine morning Twitter rants, Donald Trump confessed to giving sensitive information to Russian officials, stating that it was his “absolute right” to do so as POTUS. And as usual, it’s devolving into an absolute disaster.
Earlier this morning, Trump defended himself and said he shared this information with Russia for “[h]umanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” Trump specified that he had given Russia “facts pertaining…to terrorism and airline flight safety.”
And of course, no Trump Twitter rant is complete without some rage, in which he railed against former FBI Director James Comey and the intelligence community:
“I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.”
Trump’s comments follow reports that were revealed on Monday, which stated he’d disclosed classified information to Russia diplomats last week when he met with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador at the White House.
This confession contradicts the statements that his own administration has put forth, all of which denied the information leak. In fact, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all denounced those reports on Monday. McMaster himself had even told reporters:
“The story that came out tonight as reported is false. I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
This is yet another perfect example of Trump going against his team and incriminating himself. His tweets and statements have become the biggest smear campaign against his own presidency and it’s gotten so bad, one has to wonder if he even wants to be president anymore.
Leaking sensitive information to a foreign government is a serious offense, and Trump shouldn’t be let off the hook for it.
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