Telephone. Telegraph. Tell Trump.

Telephone. Telegraph. Tell Trump.
President Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador (and friend of the Trump Campaign) Sergey Kislyak at the White House last week and managed to reveal classified information to them. The Washington Post, with a better sense of discretion, didn’t print particulars, but it seems the loose presidential lips burned a source of Syrian conflict intelligence on ISIS.


“Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador,” Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post

“Republicans Display a Mix of Defense and Alarm on Trump Allegations,” Clare Foran, The Atlantic


After sending National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster into the fray to issue a sort-of denial of the Trump leak, the president himself admitted he’d done it and said, essentially, “Yeah, so what?” Mr. Trump is saying he did it because he can. Many in the U.S. are asking (a few months too late) if he is too incompetent to be president, and the foreign leaders he will meet with this week must ask themselves if the U.S. president can be trusted with sensitive information.

Further reports on the Leaker-in-Chief:

“Trump Says He Divulged Intelligence to Russians Because He’s Such a Great Guy,”Robert Mackey, The Intercept

“McMaster: It Was ‘Wholly Appropriate’ for Trump to Give Intel to Russia on a Whim,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

“White House aides, allies describe a tense, chaotic West Wing after the Trump intelligence-leaking bombshell, Peter Weber, The Week

“Conservative Media Rails Against Leaks to the Press, Doesn’t Care What Trump Tells Russia,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

“The source behind the latest White House leak is reportedly a huge supporter of Trump,” Jeva Lange, The Week

“Analysis: Trump intel sharing risks damaging US alliances,” Julie Pace, Associated Press

U.S. Officials ‘Warned Israel’ Not to Share Sensitive Intel With Trump,” Jack Moore, Newsweek

“Israeli Official: Trump Sharing Intelligence With Russia Is ‘Worst Fears Confirmed,'” Sheera Frenkel, Buzzfeed News

“Former heads of Israeli spy agency call for cutting off stream of intelligence after Trump’s reveal,” Jeva Lange, The Week

“NATO Frantically Tries to Trump-Proof President’s First Visit,” Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy

“Donald Trump is his administration’s own worst enemy,” Phillip Bump, Washington Post

“Even historians think the Trump intelligence scandal is unprecedented,” Sarah Wildman, Vox


“How Government Secrets Are Declassified and Disclosed,” Charlie Savage, New York Times


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