Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Corker: Trump White House in 'downward spiral' following Russia classified leak report

by Dave Boucher, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee, May 16,2017 - The White House is in a "downward spiral" and needs to do something to get "under control" in the wake of a bombshell report alleging Trump revealed classified information to high-ranking Russian officials, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

During a recent White House meeting, Trump provided Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak with "highly classified information" pertaining to the Islamic State, according to a Washington Post report published Monday.

"The White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order. It's got to happen," Corker said, according to a Tweet from Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur. ... (read more)

My Comment: I agree with Corker and this is upsetting, if this is true. Those who were in the meeting however, are denying it as an accurate report of what happened.  Rex Tillerson is saying that during the meeting the president and Russian officials discussed the nature of specific threats but did not discuss sources, methods, or military options. The source of the story is unnamed.  I would give the president the benefit of the doubt if I did not believe that this is something he would do.  Trump apears reckless and impulsive and speaks without thinking.  I can believe it happened. 

More and more, I am of the opinion that Trump will not serve a full term.  He will do something so outrageous that Republicans will turn on him and he will be impeached.  If that does not occur, he will fail at advancing his agenda and he will lose popular support among Trump Republicans and be a one-term president.  I hope I am wrong and Trump can get his act together and start acting like a president, but I don't think the leopard can change his spots.  I fear that what we have seen of Trump so far is the real Trump.

Even if this anonymous source is fabricating a story, the president has lost so much credibility that Bob Corker appears to believe it. Trump has exhausted his reservoir of  'the benefit of the doubt.'  I agree with Corker, "the White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order."

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