WSJ Urges Trump To Keep His Mouth Shut

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored Op-Ed via The Wall Street Journal,

The state of the Trump Presidency has been perpetual turbulence, which seems to be how the principal likes it. The latest vortex is over Mr. Trump’s disclosure of sensitive intel to the Russians—and whatever the particulars of the incident, the danger is that Presidencies can withstand only so much turbulence before they come apart.

The Washington Post reported Monday night that in an Oval Office meeting last week Mr. Trump relayed high-level “code word” classified material obtained from an ally to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Cue another Washington meltdown. The President took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to defend himself, claiming an “absolute right” to disclose “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.”

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster put a finer point on it at a Tuesday press conference, though without denying key details. He said Mr. Trump’s disclosure was “wholly appropriate” and didn’t expose intelligence sources and methods.

Presidents sometimes share secrets with overseas leaders—even to adversaries such as the Soviets during the Cold War—if they conclude the benefits of showing what the U.S. knows will aid diplomacy or strategic interests. From media accounts and his tweets, Mr. Trump said something about Islamic State’s laptop bomb threat to airlines. He may well have been trying to convince the envoys of the menace ISIS poses to Russian lives and foreign-policy goals, like the Russian airliner that exploded over Sinai in 2015.

Then again, the Post story has Mr. Trump boasting about how great U.S. intelligence is and divulging the info on impulse to prove it. National security officials also asked the reporters to withhold specifics about the item in question, presumably because further disclosure could undermine efforts to counter the threat or endanger the lives of human assets.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that the ally that gathered the material is Israel, and the revelation could endanger this and other intelligence-sharing relationships. The Israelis may hold back if they think their dossiers will be laundered through the U.S. to the Russians and then get passed to their Iranian and Syrian clients, and other foreign services may lose confidence in the U.S.

Lt. Gen. McMaster said he disputed “the premise” of the Post story, which was that Mr. Trump had done something wrong or unbecoming. He confirmed that Mr. Trump made the decision ad hoc “in the context of the conversation,” not before the meeting. The problem is that even if the President’s conduct was “wholly appropriate,” the story’s premise is wholly plausible.

The portrait of an inexperienced, impulsive chief who might spill secrets to an overseas foe is one to which Mr. Trump has too often contributed. It was political mismanagement even to hold the Russian meeting, especially the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey amid the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian connection.

This eruption shows why a President’s credibility is so important. If people don’t believe Mr. Trump’s words or trust his judgment, they won’t give him the benefit of the doubt or be responsive if he asks for support. Last week the White House spent two days attributing Mr. Comey’s firing to a Justice Department recommendation, only for Mr. Trump to insist in a TV interview that the pink slip came “regardless of recommendation.”

News broke late Tuesday of Mr. Comey’s contemporaneous notes that Mr. Trump asked him in February to “let this go,” referring to the FBI probe of axed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The White House denied that account of the conversation, but that would be more credible if its previous statements were more reliable.

Mr. Trump’s strife and insults with the intelligence community were also bound to invite blowback. The Post report is sourced to “current and former U.S. officials,” which raises the question of how former officials are privy to “code word” information, defined as anything that could be expected to cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security if disclosed. In that case the public leaks about Mr. Trump’s actions, if true, will do more damage than whatever he said in private.

Mr. Trump is considering a White House shakeup, including cleaning out many of his top aides, but the White House always reflects the President’s governing style. If Mr. Trump can’t discipline himself, then no Jim Baker ex machina will make much difference.

Mr. Trump needs to appreciate how close he is to losing the Republicans he needs to pass the agenda that will determine if he is successful. Weeks of pointless melodrama and undisciplined comments have depleted public and Capitol Hill attention from health care and tax reform, and exhaustion is setting in. America holds elections every two years, and Mr. Trump’s policy allies in Congress will drift away if he looks like a liability.

Millions of Americans recognized Mr. Trump’s flaws but decided he was a risk worth taking. They assumed, or at least hoped, that he’d rise to the occasion and the demands of the job. If he cannot, he’ll betray their hopes as his Presidency sinks before his eyes.

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NoDebt's picture

Is Trump still President?  I just got back from lunch.  Figured they'd have him impeached and removed from office by now, given this morning's headlines.


TePikoElPozo's picture

they are just short a little evidence, that's all

froze25's picture

No, no no, now is the time to meet with Putin in private then have a Joint press meeting.

Joe Davola's picture

So, let me get this straight, it's a big secret that the Russian airliner that was blowed up over the sinai was done by isis or with some device that could be snuck through security.


BaBaBouy's picture

@ "Keeping Mouth Shut"

Same for anything to do with the JFK Thing...

Joe Davola's picture

Yeah, c'mon Donald, let's see Obama's real birth certificate - if they issue them in Kenya.

AltRight Girl's picture

The "secret" is that ISISrael came up with the "sensitive info"

Mossad saw their plan to take over Syria turning to dust therefore:

 discredit Trump so they can twist his arm in bombing Assad not their guys on the ground.

jcaz's picture

Wow, he must be getting close if the WSJ is now begging for him to shut up- Trump churning is how they make their money, after all-

Keep it up, Donald- it's just getting interesting now....

AltRight Girl's picture

Lets face it.. Trump knows by know who ISIS are, so he wants Russia to take care of them so he won't have trouble with AIPAC (Israel)+CAIR (Saudis) the ISIS legal guardians in US.

I'm starting to believe all 59 missiles stunt was just to BS the Deep State that's why there wasn't significant damage on the ground. And now letting Russia+ Iran call the shots in Syria (with their no fly zone) was bound to angry Israel and Saudis.

And what do you know (ISIS fans are unmasking themselves):

ISISrael Gets Desperate: “Time to Assassinate Syrian President Assad and His Allies in Iran”



Socratic Dog's picture

Sounds to me the sensitive info is that Mossad blew up that Russian plane with a laptop bomb.

The only part of that we hadn't already assumed was the "laptop" part.

fockewulf190's picture

Don't buy anything from Amazon. Pass it on.

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

So what to the WSJ jews have against Jared Kushner I wonder?

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

e_goldstein's picture

Out of curiosity, exactly how long did she have to spend on Epstein's island?

farflungstar's picture

Trump and Putin should go to church together - can you imagine the shrieking liberal outrage?

AltRight Girl's picture

Yeah, both of them go to Vatican and have that bitch pedo-pope washing their feet.

jimmy12345's picture

And the Trump can give him the rest of American top secret material to Putin.  Traitors.

robertsgt40's picture

Jimmy been ZH member now for over a MONTH.  You stand out just a tad putz.  

Arnold's picture

Sell in May, go away.
It's time for the big boys to play.


meditate_vigorously's picture

WSJ is an arm of the CFR, broadly speaking. That is the JWO. JWO does not recognize sovereign nations.

Vageling's picture

Not a chance. Been lurking this bullshit. They really want to create a precedent? Which can bite them in the ass later? How I understand it from a previous article is that the D's can't iniate this process.

Just more horseshit to screw with your mind and try to wear you down.

Yog Soggoth's picture

I clicked the link at the top and it just said op ed. I bet Podesta wrote this piece. He is an opinion writer on government for them. I bet he would really like this to all go away. Must be hard to sleep at night with those dreams about walking to the supermax cell with all the screaming in the background, knowing the abusive guards are planning sadistic fun at his expense. Sessions is still angry about his treatment being sworn in and he is looking for revenge.

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froze25's picture

Even the Lesbians can get behind that.

tmosley's picture


lester1's picture

Fuck that !!


I voted for Trump as a voice against the evil liberals and globalists !!

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

Howz that workin out 4 ya?


Don't bother asking Trump... Ask Kushner or his Goldman Sachs round table...

atlasRocked's picture

The Republicans are leftists just like the Democrats, just not as far left.  And so is the WSJ - who never confronted Obama not prosecuting an estimate 10,000 corrupt bankers (if S&L estimates are used for a basis of criminal-to-bailout  ratio).

WSJ is a certifiable fake news site.

James TraffiCan't's picture

We have a one party system, disguised as a two party system.

Beam me up!

RiverRoad's picture

As the shelf-life of the Deep State grows shorter, a Third Party germinates.

konadog's picture

Since Nov 22, 1963. It's called the military-congressional-industrial-complex party run by corporate oligarchs.

new game's picture

commonly called the deep state, defined as the one party tyranny.

simple shit maynard.

what strikes me as odd is all the wish/thinkers here that can't let go of hope and realize, the deep state is firmly in control. they have their hands on all the levers of control. CHS summed it up nicely today with his post.

we are along for the ride...

Arnold's picture

They gotta make a buck on news print, just like every one else.

Much as I hate to admit it, Hilsenrath, the Fed whisperer, was a main attraction before Bernanke was sidelined to ESPN.

JonNadler's picture

remember whe the Time Magazine rag said his campaign was imploding and the sheeple believed it?

Dr. Engali's picture

Damn this is entertaining. Pass the popcorn and another beer please.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Here is another beer Dr.  And we get a market fade too!!!

WTFUD's picture

Rupert Murdoch - Dow Jones ( WSJ ) - SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU CUNT!

Falconsixone's picture

If they keep this up they'll get their revolution/civil war. I dont think they'll like it once it starts. To many people know who's behind the curtain and they all look alike.

Arnold's picture

I'm sorry Bones.
I Knew he was a a friend off yours,\.\

Call him dead, Bones.

DeeZ_nutZ's picture

troomp supportaz can pack their collective shit and move to siberia mother russia since they all love pootin so much.  this can happen before or after troomp is kicked out of the whitey house

Bill of Rights's picture

Thanks for input retard....Bellevue is calling..

Vageling's picture

I think it's more likely they come for your nutz first. Leave you hanging on a lamppost.

VWAndy's picture

 Toss the WSJ out of the WH press corps. Its not like they are news repeorters.

Dr. Engali's picture

Asking Trump to keep his mouth shut is like asking Barry to keep his ass shut at the bath house.