Trump reveals classified information during Russian meeting

The New York Times is reporting that President Trump revealed classified information provided by Israel regarding ISIS to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the White House last week.

If The Times report is true, this could have serious implications to national security and even international relationships.

It is unclear at this time exactly what information Trump revealed to the Russians, however.

One claim made by The Times’ report alleges Trump revealed the city where allied spies infiltrated, cultivated a network of intelligence gathering and collected information which prevented attacks on civil aviation.

Compounding Trump’s troubles are statements made by officials within the Trump administration which seem to contradict the president’s statements on the issue.

The National Security Advisor, the Deputy National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State initially denied the claims Trump revealed any classified information and later flipped their rhetoric when Trump tweeted he did reveal some information to Russia in order to aid the fight against ISIS.

While the president is correct that what he revealed was not illegal, the president can choose to declassify any information at any time, there’s no denying what he did was reckless and could have far-reaching consequences.

By revealing in which city this intelligence was gathered, Trump revealed which city has a network of spies that have infiltrated adversarial and terrorist groups. By revealing their location, Trump endangers the network of intelligence gatherers and puts their lives at risk.

Russia is a key ally to Syria, where many of these terrorist networks are rooted. By revealing this information to Russia, Trump put intelligence assets at risk of retaliatory measures from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

This not only compromises our security assets but those of our allies as well.

Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East. Without their support and collaboration we cannot hope to win the fight against terror. But if Israel feels they cannot trust the President of the United States with sensitive information, it could jeopardize our relationship – just as it was strained during the Obama administration.

Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., reaffirmed the relationship between the U.S. and Israel by issuing the following statement yesterday.

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Dermer told The Times.

And the concern is that Israel won’t be the only one to cease sharing or limiting intelligence shared with us.

If countries around the world do not feel confident our president or government officials can properly handle information, they could cease to share or limit the intelligence shared.

While many opponents of Trump are using this to paint him as colluding with Russia, I believe it demonstrates Trump is simply politically incompetent and didn’t understand the implications of his actions.

While I don’t think this excuses his actions, it absolves him of any nefarious intent.

But this has been my complaint about Trump from the very beginning.

I did not think he demonstrated the political savvy I wanted in a president – not just in his attitude and behavior, which is severely lacking in presidential quality – but also in his understanding of the political process.

Trump is a very proud man and has little self-control with regards to his opinions and Twitter account. He frequently spouts off the first thought that comes into his head with little regard for the consequences. Couple this with the fact he has little understanding of diplomacy or political processes and we have the potential for very dangerous situations.

Trump should stay quiet on issues he doesn’t fully understand and allow the subject matter experts in his administration to take the lead on these matters.

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6 thoughts on “Trump reveals classified information during Russian meeting

  1. Trump is doing a great job and has my total support. As well as Greg Abbot. Get all these illegal aliens out of this state and country. Stop the unvetted inflow of Muslims. I find it funny that the horrible offenses the Hussien administration did along with the even worse security breach done by Hillochio causing the 4 dead in Bengazi is just of no importance. Abbot did well signing into law the sanctuary city ban yessss!!! As for all the cry baby libiots who oppose it put em in jail and make Mexico pay for it haha. Put a 35% tax on all the tax free money earned by the Mexican illegal sent to their country via tegegrams. That will get the wall up and working very fast. And i could care less if nobody likes my point of view!!

  2. That headline “Trump reveals classified information during Russian meeting”. Haha that is staight from fake news garbage reporting. Ashley are you in their bandwagon? If so please remove me from your email list. If i wish to hear fake news ill go the CNN or ABC, NBC, CBS!! I would have expected better reporting from you!

    • Feel free to remove yourself from the list, Gil. I report the facts, regardless of the party line, and if you can’t handle hearing an opinion different than your own you’re no better than the liberals who shut down free speech at college campuses and other public events. Truth should be desired above loyalty to any particular person. Also, notice in my article I continually reference the fact that nothing has been confirmed as of yet. I say things like, “if the report is true” and “the report alleges.” The truth is we don’t yet know what took place or what was shared. However, IF this report is true my article covers what could be the consequences.

  3. By the way Ashley i would rather read things from Yahuah’s word as the name of this site seems to represent. If you wish to post political views. It may be best you remove our Father Yahuah’s word as the title of this site. Dont mix the Holy with the profane.

    • I think it would benefit you to read more of the Father’s Word as you seem to be lacking in a few areas. Thank you for demonstrating it’s not just the left that is intolerant.

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