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White House To Undergo Renovation As Trump Leaves For 17 Day Vacation

White House To Undergo Renovation As Trump Leaves For 17 Day Vacation

But it also sparked a debate about whether the Post's sources should have leaked the transcripts in the first place. David Frum, a George W. Bush speechwriter and current editor at The Atlantic, led the charge in a widely cited article, claiming that "leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and risky". However, this one happening right now is "definitely a much larger overhaul", the representative said adding, "Many of the existing systems are in dire need of fix and replacement, which is why this renovation is so crucial". And the president himself has begun shifting the bounds on what the US should consider secret, recently appearing to unilaterally declassify a CIA operation on Twitter and reportedly sharing USA intelligence with Russian officials. At the same time, the president spent his days rattling the leaders of foreign countries, expanding wars across the Middle East, and starting global incidents via Twitter.

Trump complained on Twitter last week that Sessions was "weak" when it comes to cracking down on leaks of classified information.

But Thursday's revelation went too for some Democrats, who warned that the release of the president's private conversations with foreign leaders is a bridge too far.

Kelly brings a sense of military discipline to the new role - he served as the commander of United States Southern Command for four years under President Barack Obama and was the commanding general in Iraq from 2008 to 2009. An official familiar with both conversations, who refused to speak on the record because the president's calls have not been declassified, said, "The president is a tough negotiator who is always looking to make the best possible deals for the American people". I mean, what else would one call the leaking of Trump's entire phone calls with the Mexican and Australian leaders. Journalists value solo pressers because there are typically given more time to ask a greater number of questions.

While the transcripts themselves weren't declassified, the Post story does not appear to reveal sensitive national security matters. "The threat posed to the country by the National Security Council leaking requires immediate and swift action". We can look to Chelsea Manning's disclosure of State Department cables in 2010 for an apt analogy here. At the time of publication, Melania and Barron Trump had not yet been seen arriving. Only Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was willing to be truthful to the American people.

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"I think this is one of those reasonable-people-can-disagree moments", Daniel Drezner, a Tufts University global politics professor and Washington Post contributor, told HuffPost. We really shouldn't. It's not because they might be embarrassing to Trump, though they are. Is this embarrassing? Yes. "With President Trump you can never be sure what is going to happen next".

While they have not announced a protest in Bedminster, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice took the visit as an opportunity to announce opposition to the President's immigration reform bill, the RAISE Act.

It's like we're watching a president become a lame duck just six months after his inauguration.

On today's BradCast, the Trump noose tightens, and the Trump leaks continue. Some in the executive branch, as Anthony Scaramucci aptly put it, are intent on protecting the country from Trump.


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