Last summer, during a heated presidential campaign, Donald Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for her handling of sensitive and classified information.
Skip ahead one year and Donald Trump, now president, is embroiled in yet another self-inflicted scandal.
This time, critics of the president — many from his own party — are pointing to a double standard with respect to his own handling of highly classified and sensitive information about a potential terrorist threat.
Yes, it’s true that the president has the authority to declassify almost anything. However, in espionage, disclosures should be preceded by some very serious internal discussion about nature of the intelligence being shared, and whether or not such a disclosure places intelligence assets — or intelligence gathering relationships — at risk.
Moreover, that the president shared this information with Russian officials calls into further question his inappropriate relationship with a foreign adversary of the United States.
None of this is normal behavior by a sitting president.
It’s Wednesday, the 17th of May, 2017.
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