“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.
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.
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.”
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.