Donald Trump is now officially the last candidate standing after dispatching 16 other much more qualified
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealed a sobering revelation to millions of Americans who may not have had a chance fully to consider the gravity of Donald Trump’s presidential nomination.
While most people are worried about the damage he could do as president, not many people realize that he’s going to be in a position to do a considerable amount of damage to national security much sooner than the election.
Maddow explained some of the new privileges and responsibilities presumptive nominees like Trump will get:
Now, today, as the presumptive nominee, [Trump] does start to get treated differently. Now starts a process that will see him ultimately get RNC staff and RNC money. He will start to get control of the Republican Party’s bureaucratic apparatus to use for his own purposes.“Yesterday he was accusing Ted Cruz’s dad on being in on the JFK assassination. Now, he’s about to start getting classified CIA briefings as the Republican Party’s nominee for president.
That’s right; Trump will have access to sensitive classified information very soon. And the billionaire says he’s eager to start, as the Obama administration prepares to fulfill their duty in facilitating Trump with intelligence and defense briefings that they must provide to all nominees.
These presentations open a very dangerous door. TPM’s Josh Marshall pointed out, that Trump will have access to classified CIA information at the same time his campaign chief “works for pro-Putin Russian Oligarchs.”
The intelligence community is well aware of the unique challenge a nominee like presents:
My concern with Trump will be that he inadvertently leaks, because as he speaks extemporaneously, he’ll pull something out of his hat that he heard in a briefing and say it,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official who has participated in the process of briefing presidential candidates.
Trump’s proclivity for improvisational speaking, together with his habit of making unconfirmed claims that he either reads or hears from someone, makes him a walking national security nightmare.
It’s not an unreasonable concern that he’ll talk publicly about what’s supposed to stay in that room,” said another former senior intelligence official.
The possibilities for leaks are endless, forget about Trump’s social media fetish. That’s easy to control. Image all of the sycophants who hang around trump almost 24/7. He just has to blabber to the wrong Lackey, who may, in turn, sell the information to the media or meet some attractive spy in a bar one night.
There’s a wacky action spy comedy within this situation that’s just begging Hollywood to produce it.
The practice of providing intelligence briefings to the presidential nominees of both parties is a sound one,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told The Daily Beast. “Whether it is premature in the case of Donald Trump is one question; whether it would do any good is another.
It’s true that when it comes to foreign policy Trump’s outrageous claims and laughable notions would never make it out of the fiction section of a bookstore. When confronted with the hard reality of how the world works, it’s unclear whether or not he has the capacity to adjust his rhetoric to match that reality.
Tim Naftali, a national security intelligence expert, and professor at New York University made this very astute observation:
Once candidates get secret information, they realize that there aren’t answers for every problem, but they also discover that the U.S. government is not neglecting all these problems,” Naftali said. “It makes some of their arguments on the stump completely hypocritical.
But we all know, Donald Trump isn’t one to allow little things like personal hypocrisy or incompetence stop him from making America “great again.”