He did have that right. Just like he had the right to fire Comey for investigating him. But no other president would have done it. You are not supposed to give out this type of information called “code-word information” which is most highly classified without clearing it first with intelligence agencies and going to the party that gave it to you to ask permission to do this. Trump failed to do that.
Despite clever half denials from McMasters and Tillerson it is clear it happened. How do we know that. The Administration asked the Washington Post not to publish the information that Trump gave to Russians Lazrov and Kislyak, to quote: “The Post is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”
Reading that left me a little bewildered. If the Russians can be given the secrets why is it the American people cannot also be given them. The secret is out. Trump trying to ingratiate himself with the Russians handed it over to them. If they know all our enemies will know it but we Americans cannot. It makes no sense other than we are living in Trump’s America.
Its downright scary Trump would have done this. He boldly admitted doing it. He tweeted: “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.W. 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 and terrorism.” No doubt he can do it. He can also direct our intelligence agencies not to share any information with our allies. He can tell them to share all our information with China or Russia. No one can stop him from revealing “code word” stuff that compromises operations and people’s lives. It is his right to do so even though it damages our country and our relationship with allies.
Trump has the right to invite his friend Jeffrey Epstein or any other pervert to the White House; he has the right fly all over the world to different golf courses; and he has the right to be as indiscreet as he wishes. Having the right does not mean what he is doing is right.
There are other things that are even more troubling than Trump jeopardizing our security. The first is that he is the first president in the history of our country who sat down with a Russian foreign minister and exchanged secrets with him. In the past presidents met with the leaders of Russia or other foreign states. They never met and discussed information with a foreign minister.
Even worst than doing that which has never been done before, the reason why he did it is sort of shocking. Here he is talking to Lester Holt: “when I spoke with Putin he asked me whether or not I would see Lavrov. Now what do I do. Do I say no I’m not going to see him. I said I would see him.”
Is it that hard for Trump to say “no” to Putin? Could he not say, “Vlad, it’s best he meet with Tillerson and they discuss things. Down the road I’ll meet with you.” Or just, “Sure, I’ll shake his hand but will let Lavrov and Tillerson discuss issues.”
What else will Putin ask him that he will be afraid to say no to? That is one of the great problems with Trump, he is a coward in face to face meetings as I’ve written before. He can’t stand up to people. Even firing Comey he did it through his former body-guard.
There’s more things that are bad about this incident. McMaster showed he has no problem covering up for Trump. He said he was at the meeting. He went on saying: “At no time — at no time — were intelligence sources or methods discussed.” That was not the claim by the Washington Post. It said the code word information was given out.
Shockingly, it was given out in front of McMaster and Tillerson who stood there saying nothing. They apparently were afraid to interrupt Trump to protect our highest secrets from being given to the Russians. Tillerson I’d expect that from. He thought that Lavrov’s putting down of an American reporter when she asked about the Comey firing was pretty funny.
Russia’s dream of making America cower to it is coming true. Lavrov was greeted like a great friend with no mention made of Russian interference in our election. (Tillerson said everyone knows it so no need to discuss it.) McMaster the one who we hoped would stand up to the president proves himself another toady willing to dissemble if necessary.
What foreign nation would trust us with its secrets if it knows Trump is going to learn about them? America’s standing in the world is plummeting. How will we ever redeem our reputation after this?