"This is appalling," said Eliot Cohen, a professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and former counsel to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "If accidental, it would be a firing offense for anyone else. If deliberate, it would be treason."
"It's so mind-boggling, I don't even know what to say," Eric Edelman, who served as undersecretary of defense during the George W. Bush administration, told The Wall Street Journal. "I'm completely gobsmacked. It's jeopardizing a human source. It's the one thing you're trained to never do. If what Post is reporting is true, it's a stunning indication of his unfitness for office."
Those were among the responses when The Washington Post revealed in May that in revealing classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian ambassador Kislyak," the President had "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State" which "had been provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government."
Trump responded "I have the absolute right to do this."
In a news conference during the campaign, Trump declared "I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
In March, 2014 Trump had glowingly tweeted "I believe Putin will continue to re-build the Russian Empire. He has zero respect for Obama or the U.S.!"
Trump's family may be in hock to Russian banks. However, he Trump couldn't possibly be a witting agent for the Kremlin; it's too obvious. But he has made it clear he admires Vladimir Putin and appreciates what he has brought to Russia, a nation dramatically differing from the country which he believes must be made "great again."
Yet Friday, responding to a question on ABC's Good Morning America about the President's feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway stated
I like the fact that the president uses social media platforms to connect directly with Americans and in this case, what [White House spokeswoman] Sarah Sanders said yesterday is true, that the president normally does not draw first blood. He is a counterpuncher as he said on the campaign trail. There are personal attacks about his physicalities, about his fitness for office. He’s called a goon, thug, mentally ill, talking about dementia, armchair psychologists all over television every day.
It doesn’t help the American people to have a president covered in this light. I’m sorry. It’s neither productive nor patriotic. The toxicity is over the top.
Really. This is a close adviser to President Donald J. Trump, who denounces Barack Obama, praises Vladimir Putin, and believes the USA is a flaming heap of garbage, a nation beset by carnage, "American carnage." But it's the free press which is "neither productive nor patriotic."
Kellyanne Fitzpatrick Conway is not a" goon, thug, or mentally ill." She is, however, someone without any redeeming social value, a mouthpiece for a guy who's willing to sell his country out as long as the deal he is able to make profits his family's portfolio.