This should even convince Republicans to vote against Donald Trump in November if they truly care about this country.
Because Trump is now officially the Republican nominee he will be able to receive classified intelligence briefings from top spy agency officials.
And many of them are nervous about giving a loudmouth who doesn’t give a damn about what he says a peek at sensitive information about our nation’s national security and international operations.
According to the Washington Post,
In a measure of that growing animosity, one senior intelligence official said Wednesday that he would decline to participate in any session with Trump.
‘I would refuse,’ the official said, citing not only concern with Trump’s expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin but seeming uninterest in acquiring a deeper or more nuanced understanding of world events.
‘He’s been so uninterested in the truth and so reckless with it when he sees it,’ the official said. He and others spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing a desire to speak candidly about domestic political issues that intelligence officials typically refuse to discuss.
Indeed, Trump has close business ties with Russian oligarchs who are aligned with Putin and Trump recently urged Russia to commit espionage against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, a former Secretary of State.
Trump’s temperament and style are also concerning to intelligence officials because he has a tendency to blurt things out and brag. If Trump were to see a particular briefing as a way to launch a new attack against Clinton, who would stop him from doing so? He could easily cite one of these briefings, intentionally or not.
And the official who spoke out isn’t the only one.
In June, Reuters reported that “eight senior security officials told Reuters they had concerns over briefing Trump, whose brash, unpredictable campaign style has been a feature of his rise as an insurgent candidate…”People are very nervous,” said one senior U.S. security official.”
Trump isn’t the only one officials are concerned about either. They also have no idea who they can trust on his staff, something that is totally unprecedented.
Intelligence and other security and foreign policy officials are also trying to determine ‘who on (Trump’s) team are trustworthy,’ the official added. ‘We’ve never had a situation like this before. Ever.’
In short, Donald Trump is a threat to national security and giving him briefings would be like giving a toddler a new toy to play with. He’ll show it to everyone and brag about it and the toddler will eventually break the new toy. Except, in this case, the toy is our national security and he could break it by spilling the secrets. And if Trump is truly Putin’s best buddy, any intelligence briefing Trump gets could also be received by Putin, especially if Trump if still kissing the Russian president’s ass in an effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
If this seriously isn’t raising any red flags among Republicans then none of them deserve to have a job after Election Day.
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