“National Security” is an Oxymoron in the Trump Presidency


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An “oxymoron” is  a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings.

Donald Trump said:

“We can’t afford someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word confidential or classified.”

When Trump complained about Hillary, he was referring to her use of a private server for e-mails.  Trump wasn’t complaining that Hillary had directly disclosed confidential information, but only that her use of the information could easily be hacked.

Donald Trump, as President, has repeatedly compromised national security.  He has done it directly, deliberately, and knowingly.  

 

  1.  Trump was in the Oval Office when he revealed highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  This security breach sent shock waves around the world. The information was provided to us by Israel and it was so sensitive that we hadn’t even shared it with our allies. Needless to say, we didn’t have permission to share it with Russia.

Intelligence officials reportedly shouted at their U.S. counterparts over the leak, worried that a vital source might have been compromised to Russia — notably an ally of Israel’s regional foe, Iran. Now, the country is taking steps to ensure that the problem doesn’t happen in future.

2.When Donald Trump chatted with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, it was unsettling enough that the American leader started their conversation with unprompted praise for Duterte’s extra-judicial killings. But we now know that Trump also decided to tell Duterte that the United States dispatched two nuclear submarines, which are off the coast of the Korean peninsula.  It was reported that some in the Defense Department were less than pleased.

“Pentagon officials are in shock after the release of a transcript between President Donald Trump and his Philippines counterpart reveals that the US military had moved two nuclear submarines towards North Korea.”

3. Trump has done it again!  The UK slammed US leaks on the investigation into the attack at the Ariana Grande concert.  Details emerged from US law enforcement sources before they were released by British police or officials.

The UK has announced it is suspending sharing intelligence with the United States.
It appears that leaking classified information is “business as usual” for Donald Trump.

Republicans have made their feelings known about the importance of protecting the dissemination of classified information.

*House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for intelligence agencies to deny Clinton intelligence briefings for the rest of the campaign season. The message was straightforward: “It’s simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ [with] classified info should be denied further access to it.”

*The day before Ryan’s declaration, 14 Republican senators introduced legislation to revoke Clinton’s security clearance and demand that anyone in the executive branch who shows “extreme carelessness” in their handling of classified information be denied access to that information. (They no longer want to talk about the issue.)

*The same day, then-RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said those who’ve mishandled classified information “have had their security clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, and even been sent to prison.”

*Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked, “What do I say to the marines in my district when Hillary Clinton handles classified information in a careless way yet has no ramifications?”

*Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) argued in the fall that even the possibility of exposing sensitive intelligence to foreign adversaries is “treason.”And then, of course, there’s Donald J. Trump, who had all kinds of things to say about this subject during his campaign, when he insisted that anyone who’s mishandled classified information should obviously be disqualified from positions of authority.

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  1. Is melania back in manhattan after the overseas trip where she was forced to wear clothes and not puke up breakfast after letting her husband grab her coochie?

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  2. Donald Trump is the president. He has considerable more latitude than anyone else. If the British don”t want to share intelligence fine! We will do the same. Second, the North American people run the country through the President. Many Americans are sick and tired of the baboons in the intelligence community thinking the run the place. And by the way it’s coming out the FBI spied on Trump.

    When will people go to jail for violating our 4th and 1st amendment rights.?

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  3. As a retired DoD systems manager, I am baffled by the incompetence of the Trump crew. They have no sense of security, no sense of how easy they make it to breach our defenses. The Feds were among the best in the world at technology, but Trump totally ignores all the defenses, protocols, and safety nets installed to keep us safe. We might as well shut off the security electronics, satellites, ships and planes monitoring possible attackers.

    Putin installed Trump to crash our security systems and create chaos. The chaos will lead to the end of America as we know it, civil conflict like the middle east. Instead of fighting over who should succeed Mohammed, we will kill each other because Jesus does not like non Christians and people with darker skin pigment. Ignore the fact that the real Jesus resembled Bob Marley and the real characters in your Old Bible resembled our African Americans.

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