Friday, December 15, 2017

Aides Fear Mentioning Russian Interference to Trump

Bringing up Russian interference to President Donald Trump is apparently a very touchy subject -- so touchy, in fact, that Trump's own White House officials fear even broaching the topic during intelligence briefings. The Washington Post reports that members of Trump's National Security Council go out of their way to avoid mentioning Russia during meetings, as doing so will often set Trump off in a rage. "If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference -- that takes the [president's daily briefing] off the rails," one former intelligence official tells the Post.

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The Post's sources say that Russia-related intelligence is sometimes slipped into the briefings, but only as written bullet points that aren't part of any oral presentation. In rare cases where such intelligence is raised orally, the Post reports that "Trump's main briefer -- a veteran CIA analyst -- adjusts the order of his presentation and text, aiming to soften the impact."

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Gee, I wonder why...

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-14 02:03 PM

So touchy. Seems he doth protest too much, dont it?

Well, this is Politifact's Lie Of The Year, isn't it.

He should just have a Nothing Burger and a Diet Coke. And a Stroke.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-14 02:24 PM

And a Stroke.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-14 02:24 PM | Reply

I think he's been having strokes right along.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-14 03:24 PM

Samantha Power‏ @SamanthaJPower

Samantha Power Retweeted Washington Post
So @realdonaldtrump NEVER convened his nat.sec cabinet on Russian interference, his briefings are sanitized of info on this threat, & his admin won't strategize on stopping future interventions bc that wld embarrass him. Total abdication of responsibility to protect the country

Washington Post‏ @washingtonpost

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject evidence that Russia supported his run for the White House

Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked
www.washingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-14 11:43 PM

If he really believes Putin over US Intel Community, he needs to be removed from office.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-15 12:50 PM

The media has created a world in which an anonymous source is a job position now. It's amazing how many anonymous sources exist today that never did before.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-15 12:54 PM

#6...Blaming the media for everything unflattering to Trump never gets old for you, does it.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-15 01:01 PM

The media has created a world in which an anonymous source is a job position now. It's amazing how many anonymous sources exist today that never did before.

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2017-12-15 12:54 PM | REPLY

The media didn't create them. The lawlessness in the Trump administration and their proclivity for revenge did.

#8 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-15 01:02 PM

#6 If you read the original WaPo article instead of this brief summary, you will see that it isn't one anonymous source being cited:

This account of the Trump administration's reaction to Russia's interference and policies toward Moscow is based on interviews with more than 50 current and former U.S. officials, many of whom had senior roles in the Trump campaign and transition team or have been in high-level positions at the White House or at national security agencies. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the subject.

www.washingtonpost.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-15 01:05 PM

#6 | Posted by humtake

The Anonymous source has been a part of reporting forever. I mean look at even Sean Spicer briefings where he told the media to quote an anonymous source. And as Gal_Tuesday so kindly pointed out it isn't just 1 or a couple sources. In this case it's pretty much an oil tanker load. I mean my God man! Haven't you seen how petty this fool is? He shows it on Twitter several times a day.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-15 01:36 PM

....is the POTUS so touchy about anybody mentioning Russia.....that he has forgotten

that famous phrase that came out of his mouth, saying......"....hey Russia if you're listening

get all of H. Clinton's emails....." ...to help him out. etc

#11 | Posted by saginawmi at 2017-12-15 01:37 PM

The media has created a world in which an anonymous source is a job position now. It's amazing how many anonymous sources exist today that never did before.
#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

If the anonymous source is wrong, why won't Trump talk about it or do anything about it?

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-15 02:02 PM

The media has created a world in which an anonymous source is a job position now. It's amazing how many anonymous sources exist today that never did before.

#6 | Posted by humtake

Yeah that's the problem. Anonymous sources leaking info about russia.

Trump colluding with russia doesn't upset you. But people revealing it does.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-15 02:59 PM

The media has created a world in which an anonymous source is a job position now. It's amazing how many anonymous sources exist today that never did before.

#6 | Posted by humtake

The media has created nothing of the sort. They have always existed. They are everywhere. They are people with morals and a conscious. Trump does not hire those kinds of people for a reason. But, the civil service is full of them and there is a reason they don't get replaced with every new administration.

Remember Deep Throat?

No.. not the movie.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-15 04:53 PM

I'd like to hold this horrid piece of ----- down and yell "RUSSIA" over and over again in his face while he squirms, loses his wig, turns beet red and has a coronary occlusion.

There I feel all better now. Have a nice day.

#15 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2017-12-15 06:08 PM

..."Russia-related intelligence is sometimes slipped into the briefings, but only as written bullet points that aren't part of any oral presentation."

I believe it's pretty much established that der Trumph is too busy watching TV to read any of those documents anyway

#16 | Posted by b_al at 2017-12-15 07:34 PM

Well that's a stable mindset for our "leader" to be in!

Glad we have the best person hiring the best people to run this great country. /snark (*middle finger* to the morons who preach that garbage)

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-16 12:32 AM

Monkey see nothing, hear nothing, but says plenty. Let him bask in his ignorance, until its too late. There is no law against collusion per se. Republicans won't do anything out of Trump lies under oath about Federal business either, even though they made a Federal case out of Clinton lying about personal business. But money laundering could easily put an end to this horror story. Face it. That's what they are.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-16 07:56 AM

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