In a stunning but not all that surprising admission on Monday, a White House official said that he wasn’t sure if Donald Trump has read the administration’s new national security strategy.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump national security spokesman Michael Anton said he “can’t say” whether the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military has read the 55-page document, which was released Monday.
Wolf Blitzer: “Has the President, as far as you know, read the entire strategy document?”
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 18, 2017
After Blitzer asked whether Trump himself “read the entire strategy document,” Cohen said:
The president has been involved in the drafting of it from the beginning, has been presented with sections of it over the past many months and was briefed on the final document several weeks ago. The president himself personally led the presentation of the document to his Cabinet only about a week ago. … I can’t say that he’s read every line and every word. He’s certainly had the document, the entire, throughout the process and has been briefed on it. And remember, this document specifically is based on his words, it’s based on his campaign speeches and his major speeches this year. So this document is a summation of everything he’s been talking about for at least the past two years and really much longer.
It’s sad enough that the leader of the free world has consistently raised questions about his fitness to serve in office, forcing journalists to question whether he’s even reading his own strategy documents. But it’s a whole new level of terrifying that White House officials don’t even deny that, yeah, he probably doesn’t read them all.
During such a pivotal time for American foreign policy – with ISIS still plotting attacks, North Korea on the brink of waging nuclear war, and Russia emboldened to wage more cyber attacks against the U.S. and our allies – it’s terrifying that the President of the United States doesn’t care to do his homework when it comes to the most important part of his job.
The list of reasons why Donald Trump should be removed from office continues to pile up.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.