Trump Too Lazy And ‘Indifferent’ To Hurt Allies By Sharing Intel, White House Officials Tell NYT
By Nick Wing
WASHINGTON ― White House officials offered a candid and unflattering defense of their boss on Tuesday, telling The New York Times effectively that President Donald Trump is too inept to have hurt U.S. allies through his sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russian officials during a meeting last week.
Trump has come under heavy criticism in the wake of Monday’s Washington Post report revealing that he “went off script” and offered up “highly classified information” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. There’s general agreement that Trump didn’t break the law by doing this, but experts have raised concerns that the disclosure may have compromised the U.S. partner that gathered the intelligence ― Israel, according to reports Tuesday.
But Trump would only be capable of inflicting this sort of damage if he were aware of specific details regarding the sources and methods used to compile the intelligence, reportedly pertaining to a plot by the so-called Islamic State to detonate laptop bombs on commercial airliners. And unnamed White House sources told the Times that Trump didn’t know these finer points, because he’s too lazy to glean them from the “great” intelligence reports he gets every day.
Here’s the relevant bit from the Times:
In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods […]