‘Extremely careless’ on security
The Washington Post
Wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s supposed biggest sin that “she was careless in handling the nation’s secrets?” asked Karen Tumulty. Ironically, we’re seeing just how casually the Trump administration treats classified material. It was reported last week that Trump does not read the President’s Daily Brief, which contains the most sensitive, top-secret information produced by our intelligence services. Instead, he asks for a simplified oral summary. But what may be even more disturbing is that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, does read the PDB—despite not having a permanent security clearance. Kushner failed to disclose dozens of foreign contacts on his security questionnaires, and he’s had many business connections with foreign entities, including banks. In this chaotic White House, it was revealed this week, between 30 and 40 staffers have also been working without permanent security clearance. Among them was top presidential aide Rob Porter, who retained access to classified material and the president despite an FBI background check uncovering several allegations of domestic abuse. Those allegations left Porter open to blackmail. If Clinton had been this careless about national security, Republicans would be shouting “Lock her up!” Why are they now silent?