Top U.S national security officials refuse to brief President Donald Trump on any top-secret information because they fear he will leak details of such a briefing to Russia, The New York Times reports.
Specifically, those officials “described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.”
Who can blame them? Keep in mind this is the very same Donald Trump who in 2017 eagerly told Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak, about highly sensitive intelligence given to the U.S. by Israel, as Business Insider noted at the time:
Trump told Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and ambassador to the US at the time, Sergey Kislyak, about the terrorist group ISIS’s work to develop a laptop bomb that could pass through airport security undetected — information Trump had received from Israeli intelligence officials.
The information was highly classified and had not been disclosed even to close American allies.
So, based on Trump’s past behavior, it should come as no surprise that security professionals would be hesitant to share anything with this president.
The two-year Special Counsel’s Office investigation revealed the depth and length of personal connections between significant public and private Russian figures and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign. Public scrutiny of Trump’s Russia ties has also pushed renewed public attention onto his long-standing business ambitions in Russia and the role that such projects played in the financial tightrope-walking of The Trump Organization during the years when almost every major banking organization in the world had decided he was not creditworthy.
Donald Trump remains a national security threat to this country every second he remains in the Oval Office.
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