Shot, Chaser (Trump And Leaks Edition)

Shot: On August 5th, President Trump sent a tweet from his “working vacation” at a Trump golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey complimenting Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his press conference on Friday regarding cracking down on leaks of classified information.

Chaser: This morning, President Trump retweeted a Fox & Friends Tweet regarding a story the show aired about North Korea that (1) cited anonymous sources and (2) contained classified information.

FILED UNDER: Donald Trump, Politicians, Quick Takes, US Politics
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  1. Daryl's other brother Darryl says:

    Of course, as the sycophants will tell you, the POTUS is free to un-classify anything he wants.
    Which means if he wanted to share the nuclear codes that would be just fine with them.
    As for the hypocrisy, well there’s never been a shortage of that with these Banana-Republicans, and draft-dodging Donnie simply takes it to new levels.

  2. CSK says:

    Is it possible that Trump’s senior staff have simply stopped sharing top secret info with him for fear he’ll tweet it?

  3. Mister Bluster says:

    Fox News is Pud’s senior staff!

  4. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    No, no, Fox News is 2020 campaign headquarters.

  5. gVOR08 says:

    To be fair ( a weakness of we liberals) much of the “classified” info in Hillary’s damn emails was magazine and newspaper info on the drone program. Let’s take this as another example of gop hypocrisy. It’s OK for Trump to tweet stuff published by FOX but not for Hillary to mention magazine articles about drones.

    And let’s see if Trump and Sessions go after the leakers in this case, who apparently actually did break the law by leaking real classified information.

    This tweet doesn’t begin to rise to the level of Trump giving classified info to Kislyak and Lavrov, perhaps burning an Isreali source.

  6. gVOR08 says:

    Also let’s keep in mind that Trump really, really wants a war with someone. I’m taking all this Korea news/drumbeating with a grain of salt. If the South Koreans what to protect themselves they should probably real quick build a big, profitable Trump hotel in downtown Seoul.

  7. CSK says:


    So. Korea already as a bunch of Trump properties, including one in Seoul called, God help us, Trump World.