From the very beginning of his time in the West Wing, it seems that President Trump has been battling with a number of sets of loose lips.
The White House had sprung a leak, or, more accurately, a number of prominent, high pressure leaks, and the press was devouring every last tidbit. This sparked one of several hiring and firing raids, conducted by the President on his own staff, in an attempt to galvanize loyalty among the inner circle.
In fact, just last week the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired, rather unceremoniously.
“Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted that a series of staffing changes would take place immediately, mostly cascading from his decision to oust now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The announcement, while only taking up a few characters, has seismic implications for Trump’s administration. Here’s what you need to know.
“Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, has been fired, but exactly how and why is up for debate.
“The White House says that Tillerson was told early Saturday while traveling in Africa that he was being replaced and should return to Washington, according to The Washington Post.”
Tillerson claims that he himself had no idea about his termination until he read the President’s tweet.
It looks as though we may see some heads roll still, however, as a new series of leaks regarding President Trump’s security briefings have hit the media.
“President Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are furious that details of the president’s national security briefing materials telling him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin were leaked to the press, according to a CNN report Wednesday.
“Trump was reportedly ‘fuming’ on Tuesday night after The Washington Post reported that Trump’s national security advisers specifically instructed him not to congratulate Putin on his electoral victory. The Post reported that the materials read ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE.’
“Only a small group of staffers would have access to those briefing materials and would have known what his advisers would suggest before the phone call to Putin on Tuesday morning, CNN reported.”
John Kelly was frightfully unamused.
“A White House official told the network that Kelly is furious that a confidential presidential briefing was made public just hours after the president’s phone call with Putin.
“Kelly reportedly plans to address the leak on Wednesday as aides work to figure out how the information became public.”
And, of course, John McCain had to find a way to stick his nose into this.
“Trump faced fierce backlash in Washington for celebrating Putin’s victory, which was ripped by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others as an ‘insult to every Russian citizen’ who was denied the right to vote in a free and far election.
“Putin’s reelection was marred by claims of ballot-box stuffing and multiple reports of poll-watchers being blocked from conducting their official duties.”
The audacity of someone in that position of power undermining national security in such a way is wholly unacceptable, first and foremost.
Secondly, I’m not sure that anyone I’ve ever met would have the testicular fortitude to leak information about the guy who defeated ISIS.