The Washington Post Classified Information Story

May 16, 2017

I don’t mind the political media exhausting themselves every day, making up fake news and running madly after every whiff of anti-Trump scandal like a pack of hyperactive Chihuahuas trying to chase down every car in a Walmart parking lot simultaneously. But it’s nearly as exhausting for the rest of us, just having to watch them.

For instance, after a solid week of yapping about James Comey’s long-overdue firing that they were all in favor of until Trump did it (sort of like how they admit his terrorist nation travel ban would be Constitutional, if any other President had issued it), the Washington Post set off yet another round of frenzied barking with a story claiming that Trump revealed classified information in a meeting about joint anti-ISIS strategy with top Russian officials. It had barely hit the news before dozens of Democrats were rushing to the cameras to demand an investigation and to call it “disturbing” and “reckless” (I’ll say this for them: they can’t govern worth a darn, but they have an amazingly efficient buzzword focus-group testing system.)


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They were right about one thing: if it’s true that Trump inadvertently revealed classified data that might identify our intelligence sources to Russia, that would be a serious problem. I can say that with some credibility, because I also said that when Hillary Clinton did that very thing via her unsecure email server, back when all these people who are calling for Trump’s impeachment were brushing that off as nothing and trying to make Hillary President.

But this story set off “smell test” alarms from the get-go, in ways that even the writer noted. For instance, WaPo admitted that even if it were true, it likely wouldn’t be illegal because as President, Trump has the power to declassify information. Also, the story was based on unnamed “current and former officials.” Consider: we’re talking about an ultra-secure meeting of top leaders of two super powers to discuss classified anti-terrorist strategies inside the White House. How many “former officials” were likely to have been in that room?


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We do know exactly which “current officials” were in the room: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. All three had to take time out of their busy schedules to state to the press in no uncertain terms that the story was false, it did not happen, and that no intelligence sources or methods were discussed that weren’t already part of the public record.

Was that clear enough to end the controversy? If you believe that, then you’ve never had to try to calm down a pack of Chihuahuas.

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

Comments 6-10 of 220

  • Bill Booher

    05/18/2017 11:56 PM

    It doesn't cost a whole lot to buy binoculars and watch at a distance. Assume what is said, body movement, lip reading etc. However the meetings are behind closed doors. There are many ways to get info. Just a tube inserted to carry sound. It doesn't have to be very big at all and a way to transmit info without any signature. Perhaps that sounds a little weird but the thought is a possibility. I do know that whatever our Man in Office is doing there is going to be a lot of destructive criticism to brain wash the masses. Then again, the masses have voted our dear President into office. I guess they just don't get it, or they are hoping for an illegal linching. All in all, President Trump was put into office by a higher authority and you just don't want to mess the His man. Praise God - He is in control.

  • Susan Alexander

    05/18/2017 01:20 PM

    I grinned as I read your commentary - spot on! The fervor of the left to take out this President, either by impeaching him or by creating a level of distraction that stalls his agenda, is something to behold. Keep calling them out.

  • Cynthia Spratley

    05/17/2017 10:21 PM

    Why can't President Trump declare a media blackout, that would solve the embarrassment that most of our media have become and stop fake news, plus give him time to get things done for us. Please figure out a better healthcare system that is a priority. Those of us forced to have one can't use it without thousands in debt, what good is that?

  • Becky leatherwood

    05/17/2017 10:11 PM

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE DEMRATS TRYING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO UNSEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP, ALL BECAUSE THEY ARE SUCH WHINNY LOOSERS AND WERE SO SURE THAT THEY WOULD BE IN CONTROL AFTER HILLIARY WON. THERE ARE REAL ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN THIS COUNTRY, THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD GET DONE IF THESE CRAZIES WOULD STEP OUT OF THE WAY. I AM A CHRISTIAN BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO WARE THIN MY PATIENTS WHEN IT COME TO CRAZIES. I DO PRAY FOR THESE NATION AND OUR LEADERS EVERY DAY IN HOPES THAT GOD WILOL SOME HOW COME TO LIGHT IN THEIR EYES. SO VERY TIRED OF ALL THIS, PLEASE CAN'T SOMEONE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS CRAZY MERRY-GO- ROUND THAT THE USA IS ON, I WANT TO GET OFF.

  • David

    05/17/2017 07:42 PM

    Mike: it is refreshing to see that at least one other person picked up on the "former" officials. What's disconcerting are the millions of our fellow citizens who either, or won't see through this kind of nonsense!!

The Washington Post Classified Information Story

May 16, 2017

I don’t mind the political media exhausting themselves every day, making up fake news and running madly after every whiff of anti-Trump scandal like a pack of hyperactive Chihuahuas trying to chase down every car in a Walmart parking lot simultaneously. But it’s nearly as exhausting for the rest of us, just having to watch them.

For instance, after a solid week of yapping about James Comey’s long-overdue firing that they were all in favor of until Trump did it (sort of like how they admit his terrorist nation travel ban would be Constitutional, if any other President had issued it), the Washington Post set off yet another round of frenzied barking with a story claiming that Trump revealed classified information in a meeting about joint anti-ISIS strategy with top Russian officials. It had barely hit the news before dozens of Democrats were rushing to the cameras to demand an investigation and to call it “disturbing” and “reckless” (I’ll say this for them: they can’t govern worth a darn, but they have an amazingly efficient buzzword focus-group testing system.)


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They were right about one thing: if it’s true that Trump inadvertently revealed classified data that might identify our intelligence sources to Russia, that would be a serious problem. I can say that with some credibility, because I also said that when Hillary Clinton did that very thing via her unsecure email server, back when all these people who are calling for Trump’s impeachment were brushing that off as nothing and trying to make Hillary President.

But this story set off “smell test” alarms from the get-go, in ways that even the writer noted. For instance, WaPo admitted that even if it were true, it likely wouldn’t be illegal because as President, Trump has the power to declassify information. Also, the story was based on unnamed “current and former officials.” Consider: we’re talking about an ultra-secure meeting of top leaders of two super powers to discuss classified anti-terrorist strategies inside the White House. How many “former officials” were likely to have been in that room?


Commentary continues below advertisement


We do know exactly which “current officials” were in the room: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. All three had to take time out of their busy schedules to state to the press in no uncertain terms that the story was false, it did not happen, and that no intelligence sources or methods were discussed that weren’t already part of the public record.

Was that clear enough to end the controversy? If you believe that, then you’ve never had to try to calm down a pack of Chihuahuas.

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

Comments 6-10 of 220

  • Bill Booher

    05/18/2017 11:56 PM

    It doesn't cost a whole lot to buy binoculars and watch at a distance. Assume what is said, body movement, lip reading etc. However the meetings are behind closed doors. There are many ways to get info. Just a tube inserted to carry sound. It doesn't have to be very big at all and a way to transmit info without any signature. Perhaps that sounds a little weird but the thought is a possibility. I do know that whatever our Man in Office is doing there is going to be a lot of destructive criticism to brain wash the masses. Then again, the masses have voted our dear President into office. I guess they just don't get it, or they are hoping for an illegal linching. All in all, President Trump was put into office by a higher authority and you just don't want to mess the His man. Praise God - He is in control.

  • Susan Alexander

    05/18/2017 01:20 PM

    I grinned as I read your commentary - spot on! The fervor of the left to take out this President, either by impeaching him or by creating a level of distraction that stalls his agenda, is something to behold. Keep calling them out.

  • Cynthia Spratley

    05/17/2017 10:21 PM

    Why can't President Trump declare a media blackout, that would solve the embarrassment that most of our media have become and stop fake news, plus give him time to get things done for us. Please figure out a better healthcare system that is a priority. Those of us forced to have one can't use it without thousands in debt, what good is that?

  • Becky leatherwood

    05/17/2017 10:11 PM

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE DEMRATS TRYING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO UNSEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP, ALL BECAUSE THEY ARE SUCH WHINNY LOOSERS AND WERE SO SURE THAT THEY WOULD BE IN CONTROL AFTER HILLIARY WON. THERE ARE REAL ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN THIS COUNTRY, THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD GET DONE IF THESE CRAZIES WOULD STEP OUT OF THE WAY. I AM A CHRISTIAN BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO WARE THIN MY PATIENTS WHEN IT COME TO CRAZIES. I DO PRAY FOR THESE NATION AND OUR LEADERS EVERY DAY IN HOPES THAT GOD WILOL SOME HOW COME TO LIGHT IN THEIR EYES. SO VERY TIRED OF ALL THIS, PLEASE CAN'T SOMEONE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS CRAZY MERRY-GO- ROUND THAT THE USA IS ON, I WANT TO GET OFF.

  • David

    05/17/2017 07:42 PM

    Mike: it is refreshing to see that at least one other person picked up on the "former" officials. What's disconcerting are the millions of our fellow citizens who either, or won't see through this kind of nonsense!!