The White House is refusing to apologize for Trump handing classified intelligence to Russia. At a press gaggle aboard Air Force One, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump wouldn’t apologize because he is not sure there is anything to apologize for.
Transcript of the Q&A (questions are paraphrased) from the White House press pool as provided to PoliticusUSA:
Q: Does the president plan to apologize for sharing Israeli intel with the Russians?
A: “I don’t know that there’s anything to apologize for.”
Q: What about their concerns?
A: “To the extent the Israelis have any questions or clarification, I’m sure we’re happy to provide that.”
The President betrayed a US ally by handing over highly classified information to an enemy of democracy, but he won’t apologize because there is nothing to apologize for.
There is a great deal to apologize for. Trump jeopardized the lives of intelligence sources. He endangered the national security of the country that he is supposed to be leading and stabbed the people of his country in the back.
What Trump did could potentially be viewed as a high crime and a violation of his oath of office, so an apology doesn’t begin to cover what this president should be doing.
The lie and deny track that this White House always chooses is what will end up being their undoing.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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