Questions & Answers Regarding Trump Giving Classified Information To Russia
By Teddy Paige
Less than 24 hours after firing FBI Director James Comey for investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Donald Trump invited Russian officials into the Oval Office for a meeting the U.S. press was banned from. In it, it has now been reported, Trump gave classified information regarding ISIS over to the Russians. Here’s a quick round-up of the events, and what they mean.
So is it true Trump gave away secret intel?
YES! Despite initially denying the report from the Washington Post (which was confirmed by like eleven other news organizations), Trump came out yesterday morning and confirmed the entire ordeal on Twitter. Less than 24 hours after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for investigating his ties to Russia and Russian interference into the 2016 election, Trump was sharing secret information that Israel provided us with Russian leadership.
That’s like if your boss fired you for investigating if your co-workers spent time during the work-day goofing off on social media, then bragged about it on Facebook.
Can he do that?
On one hand, yes. As President of the United States (despite losing the popular vote), Trump has the ability to declassify-information. So when he tweeted out “as is my right,” he was correct. As POTUS, he has the right to take all of our secrets, stand in the middle of Tienanmen Square, and yell them at the top of his lungs in Norwegian, if he so chooses.
Now, there’s a right way and a wrong way to conduct intelligence sharing, and you can bet all the chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago (which failed a health inspection, btw) that the way Trump did it last week wasn’t exactly by-the-book.
So why did he do it?
Trump is claiming he did this for humanitarian reasons, which is beyond moronic. I guess his argument is that by sharing secret intel with a Russian ambassador, he’s helping the fight against ISIS. Except, well, inviting a Russian ambassador who is well-known to be a spy and is the main reason Michael Flynn had to resign in disgrace, and then sharing secret intel with THAT ambassador…. That’s not really the most effective way of sharing intel for the purposes of “humanitarian interests,” now is it?
Trump is defending his actions here by saying giving this intelligence to Russians — and doing it in the more unorthodox, unconventional, off-the-record way imaginable — is actually a brilliant move. You decide.
Waitwaitwait…. Trump says he did this on purpose? And that it was a good thing?
Oh, big time. Trump will have you believe this was all part of his master plan to stop ISIS. The way Trump tells it, he had two high-ranking Russians in the White House, and intentionally showed them declassified information with the sole purpose of convincing Russia to be harder on ISIS. The way Trump tells it, this was actually his most brilliant master stroke against the Islamic State ever.
So assuming we don’t believe the version Trump is peddling … how do you see this really having gone done?
Well, multiple reports are making it come off a lot more like Trump was simply bragging about how good our intelligence is. Based off of what we know and have seen about Trump, that’s actually the most believable option. Trump had the two Russian officials in his office (because Putin asked him to meet with them), and can’t you just totally see him going “hey, you gotta check out how great my intelligence is.” The guy once commented on the size of his dick during a Republican debate, and he bragged about a chocolate cake when he was suppose to be discussing a military operation. He literally can’t help himself.
If you’re putting a probability on all likely scenarios, the idea of Trump just simply bragging about U.S. intelligence for no other reason than to brag about it sits atop the leaderboard.
So this isn’t some secret partnership between Trump and Russia?
I mean, that’s still a real possibility. The ties and links between the Trump Administration and Russian leadership just keep popping up. The idea that Trump would intentionally leak information in order to please the Russians (keep in mind, it has been reported that Russian banks saved the Trump Empire from bankruptcy) isn’t completely out of the question.
However, one thing is for sure; the idea that Trump did this as a way to be ‘humanitarian’ — disregard our allies and help our adversaries — is bull shit.