Apparently, the White House senior officials are terrified of leaving President Donald Trump alone with foreign dignitaries.
They are right to be so scared.
On Monday, the loose-lipped Trump’s propensity to spew highly sensitive intelligence to all and sundry may have put an Israeli spy’s life at risk. Coupled with the shockwave firing of FBI Director James Comey after he was prodded by Trump to drop the investigation on former NatSec adviser Michael Flynn, it seems the president is not having a good week — and his staffers are left to clean up his mess.
Sources from within the White House fear Trump is purposefully trying to derail his own presidency and his staffers are at wit’s end to contain the devastation wreaked by the president. However, none of their sacrifices are enough to make Trump appreciate them. In fact, the president has a dark cloud over his head and, far from claiming responsibilities for his own goof-ups, has called some of his closest advisers “incompetent,” not even sparing his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Trump’s propensity to spill the beans, as he did while talking to the Russians, has prompted his national security adviser H.R. McMaster to “insert caveats or gentle corrections” into conversations with foreign officials, when the president flies off the topic. For his efforts, Trump bemoans to McMaster about having to fire his predecessor Flynn and has called him “a pain.”
In private, three administration officials have been unable to come up with concrete defense for the president’s latest gaffe, i.e., divulging highly classified intel to Russia — including McMaster, who all but said Trump was too ignorant and stupid to do any real damage.
“The president wasn’t even aware where this information came from,” Mr. McMaster said. “He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of the information either.”
It is NOT America's job to babysit President Trump. He needs to resign, period. The GOP is complicit with all of his harmful actions.Resign.— Lisette Root (@Simplylisette) May 16, 2017
But despite all the efforts by the White House officials, it doesn’t seem likely Trump will stop trying to shoot himself in the foot. If he had any sense, he would step down.
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