President Trump, battling back a series of leaks from the U.S. intelligence community, said on Twitter that his administration would not rest until the “low-life” sources were caught. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump also pointed out that these leaks did not start at the time of his inauguration.
“Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years,” he wrote. “Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!”
In a second tweet, the president said, “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”
And so the new president’s drama-filled first month in office came to a close, and anyone hoping that Trump, the media, and the U.S. intelligence agencies could find a peaceful truce was left disappointed.
Things were bad enough inside the White House when anonymous sources were running to the press with details about every call Trump made to a foreign leader. Now, however, with classified intelligence regarding calls between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador being compromised, Trump has no choice but to hunt down and punish the disloyalists within his administration. A president cannot function when he’s being undermined by his own people at every turn.
The greatest part of the dysfunction appears to be coming from within the U.S. intelligence agencies. And perhaps it’s no surprise, given the contentious relationship Trump developed with the agencies in the weeks leading up to his inauguration. Even so, we have a serious problem on our hands when the CIA, NSA, and others take an adversarial stance against the president of the United States. If there is something to investigate, investigate it. Don’t run to the Washington Post every time you have a half-cocked theory you want to blab to the public.