President Trump

The current President of the United States, President Trump, has made an alarming number of faux pas since he got in the race for Presidency and then resumed office.

Some are considered more serious than others but due to America’s touchy relationship with Russia, any slip up towards them is considered pretty serious.

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It would seem, therefore, that President Trump made a really serious slip as recently as last week Wednesday when he hosted Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov and foreign minister Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

The Washington Post reported that according to current and former U.S. officials, President Trump’s disclosures in that meeting jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

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Washington Post quoted officials as saying;

“The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.”

The information was, allegedly, related to the US and UK decisions to ban carry-on laptops on some flights; a decision which has been the source of speculations ever since the ban was announced.

President Trump reportedly boasted about the intelligence, telling Sergei Lavrov; “I have people brief me on great intel every day.” For the scores of people wondering if the President’s supposed slip is illegal, Washington Post clarified that although it would be for any other person in government, the President of the United States has a broad authority to declassify government secrets.

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That does not mean, however, that President Trump’s actions were harmless. Officials shared concerns that exposure of an intelligence stream that has provided critical insight into the Islamic State could hinder the United States’ and its allies’ ability to detect future threats.

Considering the fact that President Trump was especially critical of Hilary Clinton on that note during campaign season, the entire situation is sad. At the time, he had tweeted;

“Crooked Hilary Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Not fit!”

By that standard does that mean that President Trump is not fit? White House officials are, meanwhile, emphasizing that the President did not discuss specific intelligence sources and methods. Dina Powell, the deputy national security adviser for strategy, said that the Washington Post’s story is false, stating that;

“The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”

White House officials could, however, not explain why staff members nevertheless felt it necessary to alert the CIA and the NSA. President Trump is also Tweeting his views on the entire matter. Check out his most recent tweets below.