Pentagon Withholds Information from Trump on Russian Operation

Pentagon Withholds Information from Trump on Russian Operation June 17, 2019

The New York Times reports that the Pentagon has become much more aggressive in mounting cyberattacks on Russian targets, including infrastructure, power grid and so forth. And buried deep in the article is this very important little item that shows just how much the Pentagon trusts Donald Trump. They haven’t told him much about it.

Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.

Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.

And that is perfectly reasonable behavior given Trump’s past conduct and unwillingness to keep his mouth shut, especially when it comes to Russia. But what a sad state of affairs it is for the country that the president can’t be trusted to keep state secrets. Three years ago, that would be virtually inconceivable.


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