After the mainstream media had a field day hyping a Washington Post story about President Trump supposedly leaking “highly classified” secrets to the Russian foreign minister, Trump lashed out on Twitter, insisting that he had done nothing wrong.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting), which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump wrote on Tuesday morning. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
In the immediate aftermath of the story, three prominent administration officials – National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, each denied the veracity of the Post’s reporting. While every liberal outlet in the country was making it sound as though Trump has endangered national security with the leak, these professionals insisted that the story wasn’t just overblown; it was utterly ludicrous.
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation,” McMaster said. “At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.
“I was in the room,” he noted. “It didn’t happen.”
This non-story proves two things.
One, it shows you that President Trump has a serious problem on his hands, and it doesn’t have anything to do with his campaign’s connections to Russia. Rather, it is the problem he’s been struggling with from the first day of his presidency: His White House – and the greater administration as a whole – continues to leak like a colander. Every day, one of his trusted staffers is running to the Washington Post or the New York Times, trying to satisfy the insatiable hunger of the opposition party, i.e., the mainstream media. The former head of the FBI refused to take these leaks seriously; hopefully Comey’s successor will.
Two, it proves once again that the Democrats are desperate to keep Donald Trump from possessing and exercising the full powers of the presidency. The president of the United States is fully within his legal rights to de-classify and share any information he so chooses, if he believes it’s in the best interests of our national security. Just as he has the authority to limit travel from terrorist havens in the Middle East. Just as he has the power to withhold federal grant money from cities that don’t cooperate with immigration law. But Democrats and their like-minded judges HATE that he has these powers, and they’re doing everything they can to steal them away before Trump can decimate Obama’s agenda once and for all.
Well, like Stephen Bannon said, it’s not going to be easy to take our country back.