Recently the Washington Post published a piece claiming that Donald Trump leaked “highly classified information,” to the Russian government just last week—the accusations, however, seem shaky.
The Post claims that, according to their “sources” in the government, President Trump revealed highly classified information to the “Russian foreign minister and ambassador,” last week. They say that the information Donald Trump shared was “tightly restricted,” and imply that sharing it was traitorous:
“The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.”
“The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.”
At first glance it seems that Trump may, in fact, be a Russian agent—however with even a modicum of effort put into researching this, one finds that the story falls flat on its face.
In fact, later in the very same article that accuses Donald Trump of treason, the writer admits that it’s “unlikely” that Trump broke any laws:
“As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.”
“White House officials involved in the meeting said Trump discussed only shared concerns about terrorism.”
“ ‘The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” said H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.’ ”
“McMaster reiterated his statement in a subsequent appearance at the White House on Monday and described the Washington Post story as “false,” but did not take any questions.”
According to Breitbart’s Michelle Moons, officials also claimed that Trump described “measures the U.S. has taken or is contemplating to counter the threat, ‘including military operations in Iraq and Syria as well as other steps to tighten security,’ but did not say what those were.”
Rex Tillerson has also said that the claims of Trump being a Russian spy are false. According to Breitbart:
“During President Trump’s meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations,” he said.
It appears that this is yet another attempt at spreading fake news to discredit the Trump presidency. The only problem is that the mainstream media is a lot like car alarms from the 1990’s. They go off over the smallest details, and make a mountain out of a molehill so much, that nobody even pays attention to them anymore.