Donald Trump and the Spilled Secrets – New York Times


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Donald Trump and the Spilled Secrets
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President Trump met with Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in the White House last week. American journalists were barred, but Russia released photographs. Credit Russian Foreign Ministry

To the Editor:

Re “Trump Is Said to Expose Ally’s Secrets to Russians” (front page, May 16):

Imagine you are a high-level official in the Central Intelligence Agency who normally briefs the president on the latest events in your area of responsibility. Tomorrow morning, you will brief the president on information that, if it got into the wrong hands, could cause three of your operatives to lose their lives.

What do you do? 1) Resign. 2) Withhold the information. 3) Tell the president and hope for the best.

How can anyone with this kind of information, and the obligation to brief the president, do his or her job?

THEODORE M. DUNN
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA.

To the Editor:

The national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, attacked press reports about President Trump’s giving important and highly classified information to the Russians. Did General McMaster just Rosenstein himself? Did he sacrifice a lifetime of the highest level of professionalism and integrity to defend Mr. Trump? If so, it is a great loss not only for General McMaster but also for the nation.

MICHAEL J. PRIVAL, WASHINGTON

To the Editor:

Goldwater rule, schmoldwater rule. It doesn’t take a psychoanalyst (although I am one) to see a dangerous behavioral pattern in President Trump: It’s not just truth but national safety that are slain on the altar of his grandiosity and need to shore up his self-esteem. The very fact that the president cannot be counted on to be truthful is perilous, given the need for someone in that office to be reliable in times of crisis.

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