Washington Post's Leaked Transcripts Hurt National Security and Democracy

Oscar Cross
August 6, 2017

US President Donald Trump has denied that he called the White House a "dump".

Get out of the White House. That isn't just bad for the current sitting president.

And early Friday, he continued an economic message, citing the Toyota and Mazda news, touting a new investment in Wisconsin by Foxconn and promoting his administration's work on tax reform and the latest jobs numbers. Some White House aides have also said that they have seen rodents running around. Steve Desiderio, who owns a restaurant and catering business in Bedminster's modest downtown, said the influx of federal agents and journalists would be a welcome boost to his business. Julie Henderson's husband, Paul Henderson, said he has twice been stuck on an Interstate on his way to work while Trump's motorcade used the highway.

He makes it clear that he's interacted with the President's adult children before and found them to be "unfailingly deferential and polite", and at one points he credits Kushner for doing "much to elect his father-in-law". He received the votes of nearly 63 million Americans, the highest total ever for a Republican Party presidential candidate.

Frum has railed against Trump and warned that the president represents a threat to the republic.


"I love the White House, one of the most attractive buildings (homes) I have ever seen". The president has been tweeting against Sessions and accusing him of being "weak" and "beleaguered". The President exhorted Republican Senators to pass a bill before leaving for an undeserved vacation, but they ignored his protests and scurried out of D.C. anyway.

Mr Trump vowed in front of a Virginia crowd during the campaign, hinting on Barack Obama.

However, many in the governing party are also anxious about a possible backlash from their voters.

The administration's lofty promises on the immigration front have met the same fate. The strong checks and balances of American democracy have been valiantly fighting back. A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, David Frum, wrote in The Atlantic that the action was "unprecedented, shocking, and unsafe". He can not frame logical arguments based on public policy, and therefore comes across as, well, a fool to foreign leaders. "Donald Trump has launched the executive branch into a cycle of self-destruction for which he bears ultimate blame - but whose ultimate cost will be borne by his successors and the American nation". The administration has also been sending mixed and confusing signals to its allies in the Middle East, further fuelling its risky faultlines. And when you refuse to name your source, but tell us to trust you that this is all on the up and up, why should we accept that when we already know that your source is a duplicitous liar? The "sultans of the status quo" view the President's plan to put "America First" and "Drain the Swamp", as a call to political arms and a battle for their survival. If these calls can be leaked, any call can be leaked-and no leader dare say anything to the president of the United States that he or she would not wish to read in the news at home.

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