We have real villains and real bad guys in the world. I do believe someone is feeding the media with leaks to show the weakness of this administration. Why can’t Trump just stop talking! Or I should say, Twitting because maybe the limited characters are really the thought process of our President?
After eight years of the Obama administration and looking weak on the national stage, we only look weaker. Russia tests incoming presidents. This is nothing new. It is how we handle Russia that the world is waiting for.
It is a sign of how beleaguered Trump is that his Twitter response on Wednesday morning was not to take responsibility but to assign blame. His villains are leakers and the press: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.”
It is notable that in acknowledging that the news reports are based on “information,” Trump effectively confirmed them. At the same time, he was characteristically wrong about Russia, whose government prevents transparency and punishes those who try to foster it. There’s also this: Kremlin agents stole information from a political party in a free country. That is very different from the actions of the media’s informants inside our government who are holding our own officials accountable for their false denials and fictitious claims.