Counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance didn’t mince words on Monday night as he declared Donald Trump a Russian-controlled national security threat who must be removed from office.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, Nance said that Trump didn’t just con his way into the White House, but he’s essentially allowed Russia to take over America’s “entire national security apparatus” since he’s been in office.
“That is why he needs to be removed from power,” the counterterrorism expert said. “He is a national security threat and it is the pinnacle of intelligence operations.”
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I’ve actually heard people on television using the word immunity for Trump because he’s president. He does not have immunity. He is a man. He is a citizen of the United States. But let’s step back and look at the way — a little further than what Clint had said about the impact on this election. They didn’t just steal an election. This was the co-option of the entire national security apparatus of the United States by a foreign power, by an ex-KGB director. This election was far more than just raising sanctions. This is getting a perfectly recruitable Russian asset, a man with an unquenchable ego, a narcissist who could be easily manipulated and blackmailed into power, and he dances on their string. That is why he needs to be removed from power. He is a national security threat and it is the pinnacle of intelligence operations.
This is about more than an election
While it is important to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, what Malcolm Nance said on Monday is also a critical point. The danger didn’t stop after the presidential election was over; that was just the beginning.
Over the past two years, Trump has shown himself to be a reliable Russian asset, most notably standing on the world stage in Helsinki and siding with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community. Trump has also repeatedly torn up U.S. relations with key NATO allies, something that is sure to have Vladimir Putin smiling.
Certainly, Robert Mueller looks to be on his way to getting to the bottom of what happened in 2016. But Trump’s danger to the country will continue until the day he is removed from office.
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.