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Political Editors / May 16, 2017

The Latest WaPo Dezinformatsiya on Trump and the Russians

The Post seeks to exploit the Russia narrative in its active attempt to resist and take down Trump.

According to the old adage, there are two sides to any story — unless it’s a Leftmedia hit piece, and then there is only their side.

On Monday the Washington Post posted a clickbait headline, “Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador.” The Post claimed that Donald Trump disclosed classified information in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyakthat, which “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” The Post ambiguously noted that unidentified sources for its assertions were current and former unnamed U.S. officials.

Of course, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, CNN and BuzzFeed all got the same memo from the same “official sources” with the same objectives.

Adamantly denying the WaPo report were “U.S. officials” actually in the room with Trump, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell. McMasters stated, “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.” Tillerson released a similar statement which read, “During President Trump’s meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss, sources, methods or military operations.”

After the Oval Office meeting, a standard summary report was provided to the CIA and NSA, and within minutes, one of Barack Obama’s deep state plants contacted their brethren at WaPo with the nefarious claims.

Tuesday morning Trump weighed in with the following social media post, “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” That brought howls of additional MSM accusations, and according to the Post, “Trump just threw his top advisers under the bus … again.” Try hard to connect those dots…

Here’s a reality check: Nations with shared national security interests, in this case concerns about bombs on civilian airliners, share classified information on a regular basis. The ostensible reason for the Post report is not that sensitive information was shared, but a much more nuanced and complicated question of what protocols, sources and methods might have been compromised by sharing some piece of information. “Nuanced and complicated questions” are the stuff of great conspiracy theories, and lots of MSM advertising revenue.

It’s not like Trump kept classified information exposing sources and methods on a private unsecured server in a bathroom closet, as was the case with Hillary Clinton. Nor was it like Barack Obama, who whispered in the ear of Dmitry Medvedev that after his re-election he could cut a deal with Vladimir Putin and sell out U.S. national security.

The Leftmedia, of which the Washington Post is a flagship outlet, are propagating this story for two reasons. First, it sells. It’s the life blood of tabloids — and WaPo has devolved into little more than that. Second, the Washington establishment is terrified of this administration’s policy objectives, restoring Rule of Law and disenfranchising central government power — and the MSM is doing everything possible to disable and undermine those objectives.

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