Last week, as is well known by now, President Trump leaked classified information to the Russians. The release of this information on the President’s part was reckless and puts the security of the intelligence streams upon which we as a nation routinely rely in question.
The New York Times revealed in a Tuesday report that the intelligence source was Israel, although, unsurprisingly, neither American or Israeli officials would confirm this report. No matter whether or not they would confirm it, however, there is no going back. Trump blurted out the information that revealed sources operating clandestinely in the Middle East against such interests as Russia, the Syrian government, and Iran, and he can’t un-blurt it.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to try and defend his leaks, but his explanations for himself come up unsurprisingly short.
‘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. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.’
Seriously though, there are two rather straightforward issues here with Trump’s attempt at defending himself.
For one, just because Trump had the “right” to reveal the information — which is debatable — that doesn’t mean that he actually should have done so. Trump could be said to also have the “right” to launch nuclear weapons — but that doesn’t mean that he actually should do so.
Secondly, for Trump to suggest that Russia should “greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism” is rather ignorant at best. Russia doesn’t have a campaign against ISIS and terrorism; rather, they’re allied with the Syrian government, which defines anyone who opposes them as a “terrorist.”