Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Political Talk. Trump needs to dump the Obama appointees!

The latest in the dog pile on the Trump admin?  He leaked classified information in his talk with the Russian ambassador.  via Washington Post.
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

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.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”
Story here. 

Now check out this story from the Free Beacon.
Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador for Qatar who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, took to Twitter last week to express her frustration at Trump's administration, which has been battling negative headlines over a plethora of foreign and domestic issues.
Smith, whose Hollywood executive brother bundled at least $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama during his run for the White House, tweeted that it is "increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions."

Smith's public expression of frustration with Trump is raising eyebrows both inside and outside of the administration among those who believe that Obama-era holdovers are working to undermine the current president.

Smith is just one of many current officials who also served in the Obama administration. The Washington Free Beacon, as well as other outlets, has reported multiple times on efforts by these holdovers to undermine Trump and his larger national security agenda. Smith's comments are being viewed as yet another attempt by Obama loyalists to foster skepticism of Trump.

"The Trump administration has been taking a lot of heat from the base for not cleaning out Obama holdovers, and this is exactly what people are talking about," one veteran Middle East adviser who is close to the White House told the Free Beacon. "There are hundreds of Obama supporters who are supposed to be non-political career professionals, but actually see themselves as part of the Resistance."

The goal of these officials, the source said, "is to grind the government to a halt, because they don't like the idea of any Republican administration, let alone this one, being empowered by voters to enact policies."
What does the "secret to Russia's ambassador have to do with the second story?  If secret info had been leaked the very least that would be done is to NOT broadcast it to the world.  The fact that CODE WORD TOP SECRET MATERIAL was leaked shouldn't ever be said in the open.  Side note:  I've watched this story morph from secret information to top secret and now to code word top secret.  I wonder if anyone else is noticing the "increased dread" with this snippet of information that no one can verify without breaking federal law!

If the Russians didn't know they were told something of value they do now.

Quite honestly I'd bet the Russians weren't even paying that close attention, but now?  Now they're gonna be scrubbing the entire conversation for any tidbit!

The facts are simple.  This information, if true, was leaked for one purpose.  To undermine Trump.  This is not the behavior of an intel professional but of a person that sees themselves as part of the Democrat Party "resistance".

If Trump wants to solve 99 percent of his problems with leaks then the first thing he should do is mass firings.  He can replace those folks at his lesuire but he needs to get the Obama dead enders out of govt.  Deputies/Assitants etc...can run those agencies....but the Obama appointees need to culled.

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