Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Russia, The White House

The entire National Security Council staff should be fired


So, apparently, the President’s conversations with foreign leaders, including the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Australia, were recorded and/or transcribed by National Security Council staff, subsequently classified and then illegally leaked to the Washington Post.

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This might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. And not for President Donald Trump, who ultimately makes personnel decisions at the White House, but for those who may have finally, simply gone too far.

For goodness’ sake, the President cannot even have a conversation with leaders in Mexico about the wall or Australia about dumping their refugees into the U.S. without it being leaked by his own staff to sabotage the administration’s policies on immigration and refugees.

There is a clear pattern. The leaks are all in the direction of opposing Trump’s agenda.

Under the Constitution, we have one executive for a reason. That includes the conduct of foreign relations. To the extent that the leaks make it more difficult for the President to discharge his constitutional responsibilities dealing with foreign leaders, they undermine national security.

Other examples include attempts to carry on relations and to ratchet down tensions with Russia. Then-incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was intercepted in December and then leaked to the Washington Post in January.

Some of the content of Trump’s meeting with Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — including discussion of active global terrorist threats affecting both countries — in the Oval Office was leaked to the Washington Post in May.

Some of the substance of the conversation of Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner with Kislyak during the transition period on Nov. 16, 2016 was leaked to the Washington Post from intercepted communications by U.S. intelligence agencies.

These are all clearly designed to sabotage the President’s attempts at détente with Russia, something he campaigned on in 2016. As if Trump was the first president to ever attempt that. You have to basically ignore Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter and Reagan — most of the Cold War — who at various intervals, set the stage for first dialogue, establishing direct lines of communication to deescalate the possibility of nuclear exchange, then limiting strategic arms and finally, reducing them. These used to be heralded as diplomatic accomplishments. Now every well-intentioned overture is treated as collusion and treason.

Incidentally, these three issues, Trump’s positions on the wall with Mexico, refugees and Russia were part of what set him apart on foreign policy from the other candidates who ran in 2016. Here’s the key. Taking those positions, Trump won the majority of the Electoral College in November. Trump deserves the chance to pursue those policies under the Constitution. Instead, he is being undermined by his own staff at the White House. This is unacceptable and inexcusable.

That is why Trump must simply fire the National Security Council staff in its entirety and start from scratch. Nobody can be trusted. There’s just no other way to be certain that the leaks will stop.

In addition, it is long overdue that Trump cut all former presidents and their designees out of the loop of classified information under federal rules and by revising Executive Order 13526, something Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning called for in early March, saying “They have no need to know.”

The case for doing so now appears all but irrefutable, particularly after it was revealed by’s Sara Carter on August 3 that in late April that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster had granted a continued security clearance to former National Security Advisor Susan Rice — weeks after it was reported by Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake that she was at the heart of the unmasking scandal by the former Obama administration targeting the opposition party during the 2016 election campaign.

Despite the fact that Rice had been fingered in the unmasking scandal weeks earlier, according to Carter, “Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two Senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.”

McMaster cannot keep control of the National Security Council, and Americans for Limited Government’s Manning said that means it’s time for him to go: “The only option President Trump has is to clean house at the National Security Council, starting at the top with General McMaster. The threat posed to the country by the National Security Council leaking requires immediate and swift action.”

This is the part where the American people can hope that perhaps Trump has simply been playing dumb with McMaster, carrying on like he has no clue what’s happening with the leaks or why, and in the meantime has developed a strategy to survive these machinations. Hopefully the gloves are about to come off.

This is a guest post by Robert Romano Vice President of Public Policy for Americans for Limited Government.
  • Robert

    Trump is being undermined by not doing what the majority of the PEOPLE of this country want done, no President can stand against a nation that disagrees with him at a 65% rate. The Congress is there to do the will of the people who put them in congress all the people, the President is supposed to make sure those laws get followed, but when you start acting like the Big Gorilla then people turn against you in every way they can, Trump being the most disliked President in our history at this time in his Presidency should tell him something.
    Trump is like the person in China standing up against the tanks that ran over him, Trump will get run over by the people of this country.

    • Jim Price

      By any chance do you know the difference between PROGRESSIVE and COMMUNIST? I can’t figure it out. I think Wilson was the first in power that started it all in DC. When the Gorilla takes all your bananas you start crying. I think it is very revealing that you reference an action of a communist regime. Tells me what your mindset is. HAVE A BAD DAY!

      • Robert

        Jim Price
        For those who have much that choose not to share with those that have little, which is the majority of the population, then I guess it is an easy answer about who takes all the bananas and does not share with those that have none. I do think that is probably more of a definition of Conservative than Progressive.

        • Jim Price

          Is your house crowded with all the refugees that are raiding your fridge and hogging the blankets? Does the word hypocrite reside in your vocabulary?

          • Robert

            Jim, Price
            I do not mind sharing any thing I have with others have done it all my life including when we ran the business we did it with profit sharing based on your years with the company, Now the business is sold and I run a private funded charity to the amount of about $1 million yearly. Why would I not share my good luck with others who have not been so fortunate. My home swimming pool and food is open to all comers who want to swim and eat and drink.
            If that makes me a hypocrite then I am proud to be one.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Jim Price

            Progressives are addicted to OPM.
            Other Peoples Money.
            Is your charity funded by OPM? You did not answer my question. How many refugees are you supporting? How is the tent city in your backyard working out? Enjoy your hypocrisy, you earned it!

          • Robert

            Jim Price
            My charity is supported with my money, just like Buffet and Gates charities are. I do not know how many I am refugees or illegals I am supporting, my charity only ask one question, FAMILY SIZE, If need be, I have about 100 acres behind my house they could set up tents or bring in trailers it would not mater to me, and I would prefer Muslims and illegals over Americans because in most cases they police their own. Those rich that want to keep all their money is the most selfish thing I can think of when they could be helping others less fortunate yet they claim to be Christian who want to make this a better world, but only if you follow their rules .
            The hypocrisy is thinking everyone has the same chance at success as every one else, most of the successful person in this country had families with money, Bill gates or connections again Bill Gates and Zukkerman, and a large majority stole the ideas from others who did not have the money or connections to advance their ideas.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • WOrkingTaxpayer

      Robert: W R O N G…if you cannot see a greater bigger picture than yourself: look in the mirror and definitely ASK YOURSELF W H Y??

      • Robert

        Working Taxpayer
        What is it I am so wrong about. If you are referring to taxes, the poor and middle class pay 100 times the amount of taxes the rich pay. Any tax cut in history has only lasted about 2 yearsfor the worker because of inflation but forever for the rich who only spend about 10 to 20 % of their money. Like it or not Obama did what the Majority of the Population wanted done in the majority of cases, that is exactly why his approval was so high and brought the USA out of the Housing bust, and the majority of what Trump is taking credit for was started under Obama, and the companies them selves are saying the decisions to expand or stay here were made three or more years ago, companies do not make multi Billion dollar decisions in even a year, it takes years of study and evaluation before decisions are made.
        Why am I a problem, and why should I ask my self WHY, I just point out the facts not take sides.
        Facts speak for them selves, and liars always get caught in their lies, Trump should learn that by now.

  • MarcJ

    Our republicans are babes in the woods; they have not yet addressed the presence of 22,000 new unionized federal employees hired by the retiring Marxist Muslim President from Kenya B. Hussein Obama!

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