Trump mistook his top adviser on Russia, Fiona Hill, for a member of his clerical staff...
This anecdote about Fiona Hill is jaw dropping, and speaks to issue of gender in nat sec
Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it, WaPo reports; the NSC has an unspoken understanding that to raise the matter is to acknowledge its validity, “which the president would see as an affront.”
This Fiona Hill anecdote really isn’t appropriate for the #ToddlerinChief thread, but it is a data point that suggests Trump is a sexist piece of s**t. It’s not a good look for McMaster either.
Amazing anecdote here of Trump's initial interaction with his top Russia adviser Fiona Hill, in this blockbuster
Scoop-packed story about the consequences of Trump's refusal to accept US intel that Russia meddled in US elections. Among the gems: Trump's briefers soften intel points on Russia to avoid angering him. More
What a sentence: "The personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat."
Intelligence briefings to Trump are tailored to avoid upsetting him... incredible story of what is going on in WH from 50 interviews
Exclusive: How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia has left an election threat unchecked
It’s a situation without parallel in U.S. history: The personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government's response to a national security threat
“a stream of intelligence from sources inside the Russian government indicates that Putin and his lieutenants regard the 2016 ‘active measures’ campaign — as the Russians describe such covert propaganda operations — as a resounding, if incomplete, success”
THIS IS TRULY EXPLOSIVE. RT to make it go hyper-viral: How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
NEW: Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked. My latest, a deep dive into US-Russia policy with &
"Why are you such an apologist for Russia?" McMaster snapped at Bannon. Bannon later told colleagues he relished goading McMaster. "I love living rent-free in his head."
'Putin has to believe this was the most successful intelligence operation in the history of Russian or Soviet intelligence.'
Fiona Hill is the National Security Council advisor on Russia, not that knew that. A telling anecdote from sweeping account of Trump's reaction to Russian meddling allegations
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked. Incredible reporting here
“U.S. officials declined to discuss whether the stream of recent intelligence on Russia has been shared with Trump. Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update [...] is often structured to avoid upsetting him.”
“Who are the three guys in the world he most admires? President Xi of China, Erdogan and Putin,” one Trump adviser said. “They’re all the same guy.”
Trump evidently thought the Brookings Institution's Fiona Hill, one of the world's foremost experts on Putin, was a secretary
Trump's "daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him." #facepalm
"Rather than search for ways to deter Kremlin attacks or safeguard U.S. elections, Trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that Russia poses any threat ..."
Read this important report and watch the video: How 's skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked VIA
“If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference — that takes the PDB off the rails.” Officials tell WaPo Trump’s daily briefing ‘is often structured to avoid upsetting him’; Russia-related intel is in some cases not raised orally with Trump.
Why Trump won't defend the country: "He judges everything as about him.”
Trump refused to sign sanctions bill for 4 days because he had been enraged by Joe Scarborough on MSNBC describing it as a slap in the face to him.
This account of the Trump administration's reaction to Russia's election interference is based on interviews with more than 50 current and former U.S. officials
The big Washington Post account of Trump's pathologies on Russia is filled with amazing details, too many to summarize. Read it.
Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject evidence that Russia supported his run for the White House
Among the infuriating details of ’s Russia story: The admin devised a plan—confirmed on the record by the State Dept—to return Moscow’s spy dens. Congress ultimately thwarted it.
Option 1: Traitors. Option 2: Idiots. Option 3: Traidiots. How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it .. Must read this behind the scenes account
"The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president...have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat."
Worth highlighting this bit: Even after Trump was briefed in Jan 2017 about CIA intel showing “Putin’s specific instructions on the operation,” US intel from inside the Kremlin didn’t end there. The US also knows how Putin & Co. reacted after the election
Trump is unfit for office and should resign. Either he prioritizes living in his own world over the security of the United States—or he is guilty, and is covering his ass and doing his part as a Russian agent. This report is damning.
Trump’s resistance to acknowledging extent of 2016 Russian interference impairs US government’s ability to safeguard against future attacks
The blockbuster on Trump and Russia is devastating. Trump's abdication of his presidential duty to protect our country from this foreign threat is arguably an impeachable offense.
The President of the United States admires authoritarian leaders most. This is not normal.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when U.S. intelligence officials stop treating him like a toddler.
Superbly reported piece on Trump’s steadfast refusal to respond to the Russian threat.
“Who are the three guys in the world he most admires? President Xi [Jinping] of China, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and Putin,” one Trump adviser said. “They’re all the same guy.”
Yeah, I think this story is gonna require multiple additions to the #ToddlerinChief thread. Also, holy f**k.
From December: President Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it.
Trump's daily intelligence briefings are "structured to avoid upsetting him," and Russian-related intel is kept to written assessments, to keep the briefing from "going off the rails"
Here is a true must read on Trump and Russia:"the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat."
Every sentence packed with alarming detail of Trump’s staggering unfitness & danger–from McMaster bathroom door incident to mistaking Fiona Hill for clerical staff to intel briefers downplaying Russian threat. This deserves a Pulitzer, if America survives.
Trump's refusal to accept intelligence on Russian meddling in the 2016 election leaves us all vulnerable to it happening again.
“Who are the three guys in the world he most admires? President Xi [Jinping] of China, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and Putin,” one Trump adviser said. “They’re all the same guy.”
In a statement, made the disprovably false claim that he has been “much tougher on Russia” than & said to “look at the facts.” We encourage the public to do so: Notably, the is not imposing the sanctions Congress approved 419-3.
“So what?,” said Trump. The exlcusive inside story of refusal by to accept evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House
Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.
We have a Manchurian President: How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
Intel officers structure the president's daily briefing in such a way as to put intel that might upset the president in the written portions that he prolly won't read, per WaPo's extraordinary report
A Devastating Piece—Trump is too proud to admit that Russia helped him in the election. That is skewing his relations with his national security team AND our whole foreign policy. It's keeping the U.S. from acting to prevent Russian interference next time
The three people Trump admires most in the world, per one of his advisors: Xi Jinping, Erdogan and Putin
This is a deeply dispiriting—if unsurprising—account.
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked
Do read the long dive into the Russia debate inside the administration. Among many things, this stood out to me.
When on Jan. 11, Trump finally admitted (with caveats) that Russia was behind the hacking, he immediately regretted it. “It’s not me,” he said to aides afterward. “It wasn’t right.”
Outstanding - and alarming - report on the damage done by #Trump’s continuing obsession with befriending #Putin: RT How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
Doubting the intelligence, Trump woos Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked (and check out how he treated Fiona Hill, top Russia advisor on NSC and a long-time Russia hand)
How Trump’s skepticism of #US intelligence on #Russia left an election threat unchecked | Long, interesting read | #cyber #intelligence #NATO #diplomacy #turpo
Regarding Russia: "the personal insecurities of the president—and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality—have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat"
Some staggering details in this long, absorbing read
ICYMI "the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat."
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
“Who are the three guys in the world he most admires? President Xi [Jinping] of China, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and Putin,” one Trump adviser said. “They’re all the same guy.”
“Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.“
Glad to hear the President of the United States isn't listening to one of the world's foremost Russia experts because he assumes women are secretaries.
Overall, the Kremlin got a staggering return on an operation that cost less than $500,000 to execute & was organized around two main objectives — destabilizing US democracy and preventing Hillary Clinton, despised by Putin, from reaching the White House.
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
The WashPo story on Trump's refusal to defend the country vs Russia is detailed & devastating.
US intelligence has concluded that Russia believes its sabotage of our election was a success. But officials may not be briefing Trump on this, to "avoid upsetting him," WaPo reports:
Obama often remarked that the PDB brought him nothing but bad news. But no one thought he couldn’t handle it. Yet, with Trump, “his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.”
A disdain for journalism is built into his presidency: "The president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him."
Any foreign policy expert who buys the idea that is going to grow into the job or that the grown-ups in the room will keep things hunky dory might want to read this. via
The main reason he has sought to discredit the press is this right here.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
Trump's political insecurities can prevent him from getting a full accounting of threats facing the US. Wonderful.
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked: the personal insecurities of the president have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat.
Politicization of intel at its worst. “Russia-related intel... is in some cases included only in the written assessment & not raised orally...Trump’s main briefer...adjusts the order of his presentation...aiming to soften the impact.”
This story about Trump's approach to Russia is extraordinary, and this anecdote (about v knowledgeable Russia expert Fiona Hill, who now works in the White House) is one of the most depressing things I've read in ages.
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked - Washington Post
Lol, I was on a discussion board with this guy a few years back, and that was his obsession then too.
A situation “without obvious parallel in US history,” reports : “the personal insecurities of the President have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat” The has never addressed the public about Russia’s acts.
Amazing reporting
"If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference—that takes the president's daily brief off the rails."
among the many details in that WashPost piece: Steve Bannon calling Europe “nothing more than a glorified protectorate.” Still time to throw this into the conclusion chapter,
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
“Putin and his lieutenants regard the 2016 ‘active measures’ campaign — as the Russians describe such covert propaganda operations — as a resounding, if incomplete, success.”
The alpha male in the Oval Office needs his daily intelligence brief carefully "structured to avoid upsetting him."
Trump isn't skeptical of or in denial about Russian involvement in the election and its long aftermath. He's simply lying about it. He lies. Period.
Bad headline for an otherwise interesting report on the Trump administration's approach or lack thereof to Russia. Russia hawks vs a self-absorbed Trump and his WH minions. A canonical contribution to Ovalology
This is a very good summation, for those who want to know. Of course, there are many who don't.
"There was a big effort to get him to be a standard president." (It didn't work.)
putin’s hold on trump is truly astonishing.
When it comes to Putin, is the guy at the strip club who thinks the dancers must really really like and respect him because they're paying him so much attention.
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked: quite a story from & .
among the many horrifying details in this deeply reported piece: president’s daily brief is often structured to avoid upsetting #Trump
How skepticism of U.S. intelligence on #Russia left an election threat unchecked
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
A must-read. | How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
This is a must-read, like everyone says.
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
Design? Or ignorance? Trump's skepticism of US intelligence on Russia is leaving an election threat unchecked
Delicate Snowflake: How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked This is the real danger. This, and how much leverage Russia has over various people in the US government currently.
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked - Washington Post
It seems clear to me that this nugget alone from today’s Post article on Trump’s handling of Russia makes him definitionally unfit, no?
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
“..in which the personal insecurities of the president...have impaired the government's response to a national security threat.”
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
If the US president & Congress won't protect America from its adversaries like Russia, what kind of country have we become? Read