Carpe Diem – The Last Straw on McMaster

Donald Trump has once again been sabotaged by leaks from inside his administration.  This time, someone with access to materials prepared for the recent presidential phone call with Vladimir Putin gave them to the Washington Post, highlighting the staff’s admonition not to congratulate the Russian dictator on his recent “reelection,” and the fact that Mr. Trump did it anyway.

The intended target of this disclosure presumably was President Trump.  But American statecraft is a casualty, too.

Fortunately, the close-hold handling of such information means that very few officials would have had access to the briefing cards and the actual content of the two presidents’ conversation. Prime suspects are National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Obama hold-overs employed in his personal office.

McMaster should have been fired long ago for bad personnel decisions, among other misconduct. Mr. President, seize the day.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.