What happens when you mix critical, classified intelligence briefings with a not-ready-for-prime-time presidential candidate who has no filter, a big mouth and a Twitter compulsion? A recipe for a major foreign policy disaster.
It’s a long-term tradition for presidential candidates: after the official nominating process at the national convention, the respective nominees are given daily intelligence briefings.
But what are agencies to do when the Republican nominee is not known for discretion or ability to keep his big mouth shut?
The top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, expressed concern that Trump might not be able to tell what may or may not be discussed publicly and suggested that perhaps intelligence agencies might provide him more limited briefings. Sen Chris Murphy (D-CT) agrees:
“Frankly, I just don’t think Donald Trump will keep his mouth shut,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Throughout the course of this campaign, he has shown that he has no filter and will say every last thought that comes into his head. Whether or not he would disclose classified information intentionally, his total lack of verbal discretion worries me. Trump is a loose cannon and problematic for U.S. national security.”
Think about that: people deep within our intelligence community don’t think Donald can be trusted with information, how on Earth could he be trusted with the nuclear codes?
[Updated on 6/14/16]
(Photo: AP/Charlie Neibergall)