Even back in 2016-17, experts in espionage and intelligence were referring to Donald Trump as a “useful idiot.” It’s sort of slang-classification within the spy community. A useful idiot is someone who doesn’t have the actual intelligence or capability to be an asset, but through sheer dumb luck and utter spineless malleability, finds themselves in positions of power. The useful idiot has power and doesn’t know what to do with it, so they make terrible, treasonous decisions. Trump has always been willing to sell out America for his own narrow personal interests, or worse yet, he’s sold out America out of sheer stupidity, without even understanding what he’s doing. Russia played him, over and over, and we can never get back the four years of an American president acting as Russia’s pawn. We’ll never get back the damage he’s done to our country and our longtime allies and strategic partners.
So what happens now? What happens when Trump is an ex-president and he managed to heist some classified documents on his way out the door? Well, that’s something intelligence experts are worried about, but not *too* worried because everyone knows Trump is absolutely the biggest moron out there.
As president, Donald Trump selectively revealed highly classified information to attack his adversaries, gain political advantage and impress or intimidate foreign governments, in some cases jeopardizing U.S. intelligence capabilities. As an ex-president, there’s every reason to worry he will do the same, thus posing a unique national security dilemma for the Biden administration, current and former officials and analysts said.
All presidents exit the office with valuable national secrets in their heads, including the procedures for launching nuclear weapons, intelligence-gathering capabilities — including assets deep inside foreign governments — and the development of new and advanced weapon systems.
But no new president has ever had to fear that his predecessor might expose the nation’s secrets as President-elect Joe Biden must with Trump, current and former officials said. Not only does Trump have a history of disclosures, he checks the boxes of a classic counterintelligence risk: He is deeply in debt and angry at the U.S. government, particularly what he describes as the “deep state” conspiracy that he says tried to stop him from winning the White House in 2016 and what he falsely claims is an illegal effort to rob him of reelection.
“Anyone who is disgruntled, dissatisfied or aggrieved is a risk of disclosing classified information, whether as a current or former officeholder. Trump certainly fits that profile,” said David Priess, a former CIA officer and author of “The President’s Book of Secrets,” a history of the top-secret intelligence briefings that presidents and their staff members receive while in office.
Many concerned experts were quick to note that Trump reportedly paid scant attention during his presidential intelligence briefings and has never evinced a clear understanding of how the national security apparatus works. His ignorance may be the best counterweight to the risk he poses, they said. “A knowledgeable and informed president with Trump’s personality characteristics, including lack of self-discipline, would be a disaster. The only saving grace here is that he hasn’t been paying attention,” said Jack Goldsmith, who ran the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration and is the co-author of “After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency.”
“He probably doesn’t know much about collection details. But he will have bits and pieces,” said retired Brig Gen. Peter B. Zwack, who served as a military intelligence officer and was the senior U.S. defense attache to Russia from 2012 to 2014.
The whole piece is a pretty interesting read, because there ARE reasons to be genuinely concerned and God knows, the worst despots in the world are probably on the phone with that fascist loser right now, trying to convince him to send them reams of classified material. But it’s also a good read because it’s just named source after named source calling Trump a moron, saying that he’s never paid attention to briefings, that he’s too stupid to even understand how any part of the national security apparatus works. So, just something to keep your eye on. A dude with $400-500 million in debt with access to a nation’s secrets will always be dangerous. But if that dude is literally too stupid to function, how worried should we be? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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