A.M. Links: Trump Defends 'Absolute Right' to Share 'Facts' with Russia

|

  • Gage Skidmore / Flickr.com

    President Donald Trump is defending his "absolute right" to share "facts…pertaining to terrorism and airline security" with Russia.

  • "President Trump appeared to acknowledge Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information to Russia — a stunning confirmation of a Washington Post story and a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report."
  • Turskish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting today with President Trump.
  • According to South Korean officials, North Korea's missile program is "progressing faster than expected."
  • Ford is reportedly planning to cut 10 percent of its global workforce.
  • Sen. Rand Paul says Attorney General Jeff Sessions "will accentuate the injustice in our criminal justice system" through his plan to seek mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. "We should be treating our nation's drug epidemic for what it is—a public health crisis, not an excuse to send people to prison and turn a mistake into a tragedy," Paul says.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to sign up for Reason's daily updates for more content.

NEXT: Yes, the Population of Africa Will Grow Tremendously This Century

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. President Donald Trump is defending his “absolute right” to share “facts…pertaining to terrorism and airline security” with Russia.

    That intel was too huge not to share. You’re lucky he didn’t tweet it.

    1. Hello.

      “Ford is reportedly planning to cut 10 percent of its global workforce.”

      But maintains a healthy 5% dividend per share!

      1. 0 fucks given. Private company managing its resources. Or is staffing at large companies supposed to remain constant over the decades, just like the ideal global temperature should?

        1. The reason the stock has a 5% dividend is because the share price is so low.

          Its paltry 15 cent dividend is half of what it was in 2000.

    2. THOSE SECRETS SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PRESIDENT!!

    3. If this intel compromises any of our Al Nusra Front allies over there, there will be hell to pay.

      1. Hey! We allied with the commies in WW2 and we played everything on the up and up!

        1. While we’re at it, let’s hunt for Ollie North’s gold!

    4. interestingly enough it wasn’t much of a secret anyway since it was all over the news not to long ago about the U.S. limiting laptops etc onboard planes form the Middle East and parts of Europe.

      thats some classified info there

      1. Exactly – – this was already in the news. People are ticked off because Trump gave them intel that was already known? Why is it dangerous for Russia to learn of laptop commercial plane plots? Haven’t the terrorists already targeted Russian commercial jetliners? It seems like the media collectively just graduated from a modern day liberal arts school where there is perpetual angst and outrage at, well, everything.

        1. Wait, they didn’t?

    5. Remember when Obama was sharing with Russia all the time, and the big red ‘reset button, and the fact the state department OK’ed American Uranium to end up in Russian hands during the last administration?

      That was definitely not collusion then, but Russia became an enemy again the literal second Hillary said they were and Trump didn’t listen to her or her surrogates! Amazing!

      Not that he’s a great guy, but lord could the criticisms of Trump assume any more damage to their viewers brain? I guess they just assume that no one was paying attention for the last 8 years. After all, they weren’t.

      Honest question, should Trump declare war on Russia to prove he isn’t a Russian stooge? After all, nothing short of that could ‘prove’ it in many people’s minds since how can you prove the absence of something. Hell, there would still be people claiming he’s a Russian stooge as the nukes fall.

  2. “President Trump appeared to acknowledge Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information to Russia ? a stunning confirmation of a Washington Post story and a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report.”

    He’s realized the impotence of his opposition.

  3. Turskish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting today with President Trump.

    Oh, what juicy tidbits await Erdogan.

    1. I hear Donald plans to share with him the plot of the next Grisham novel – that Grisham hasn’t even finished yet!!!

    2. Does Trump strike you guys as a swinger? Along the lines of “Welcome, Mr. Ambassador! Please, fuck my wife and then we’ll get down to business.”

  4. Not surprisingly, Seth Rich’s family hired a private investigator after his assassination at the hands of Hildog’s hillbilly hitmen, and it appears that he was in contact with Wikileaks after all.

    1. Hildog’s Hillbilly Hitmen would be just an okay name for a band.

        1. That game was so awesome.

    2. Did eye witnesses report hearing banjo music when the hit was made?

      1. A mysterious pickup truck with Arkansas plates and six dogs in the back was seen in the neighborhood that evening. “Yeeeehaw!” the driver yelled.

        1. Was it an El Camino pickup with the bed lined with astroturf?

          1. A pouch of Beechnut was found at the scene, so, yes.

            1. … and some condom wrappers with the Presidential Seal.

          2. and it had a confederat flag painted on the roof

  5. Submitted without further comment:

    Donald J. Trump
    ?@realDonaldTrump
    Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Not fit!
    7:12 AM – 6 Jul 2016

    1. Was anything in that tweet inaccurate?

      1. Do you not know the meaning of irony? How about poetic justice?
        #ThroatTheThug

        1. Dano. Do you happen to know what info Trump shared with the Russkies? Assuming you can answer question #1, can you also give an detailed analysis of whether or not sharing said info is detrimental to the USA foreign policy goals or beneficial?

        2. So, nothing in the tweet was inaccurate?

        3. Out of curiosity, what does “Throat The Thug” mean exactly?

          1. It’s what DanO. always exclaims just before he goes to his bunk to autofellate.

            1. Weigel may be a total fucking idiot, but he’s smart enough not to ever answer that question.

              He should still be careful though, because you never know who the next Preet Bahara – type prosecutorial figure might be out there monitoring Reason who may decide he wants to interpret something as a legitimate threat and threaten Reason with subpoeanas and legal action again.

              1. So DanO is Weigel too, Mikey?

            2. Well, good for him. I wish I could pull autofellatio off. Even if I then chose not to do it, it is still a neat party trick.

              1. BUCS-

                Please do not invite me to any of your parties.

                Thank you.

      2. It’s pretty simple, Red: Trump is bad, therefore Hillary must have been good. Do u even prog bro

        1. How about both are bad, with Trump taking the lead and running away with it? Logic isn’t your strong suit, so I’ll try to help you understand: When somebody criticizes General Cheeto, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is a fan of Hitlery. Either-or is a partisan construct. But if you can find one instance, anywhere, of me praising Clinton, please share it with the class. Hope this helps!

          1. Having said all of that, though, you ARE a Hillary ho, right?

            It was a binary decision. Americans got it right.

            1. President Pence, coming soon?

          2. President releases secret info = legal. Sec St releasing secret info = crime.

            It’s that simple. Like you Danno

  6. According to South Korean officials, North Korea’s missile program is “progressing faster than expected.”

    They’re going ballistic.

    1. Somebody lit a fire under them.

      1. And the costs are skyrocketing.

  7. Ford is reportedly planning to cut 10 percent of its global workforce.

    Trump will make sure that cut comes from Mexico’s share.

    1. When Mexico sends its cars, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending cars that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drug cars. They’re bringing crime cars. They’re bringing rape cars.

      1. When DanO. sends his comments, he’s not sending his best. He’s sending comments that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with him. They’re bringing Prog comments. They’re bringing ‘Tard comments. They’re bringing autofellatio comments.

        1. You’re wrong.

          He is sending his best comments.

          There isn’t much there there.

    2. Aren’t most Fords made in Mexico nowadays?

      1. They’re made in Africa but they all want to live in Europe where they can rape and kill kill kill.

    3. Oh Henry!

  8. “We should be treating our nation’s drug epidemic for what it is — a public health crisis, not an excuse to send people to prison and turn a mistake into a tragedy,” Paul says.

    So what Dr. Paul is saying is that we should use law enforcement to treat illness? That’s a slippery slope, Senator. I like your thinking!

    1. I see how you can read it that way, but think it a mistake to do so. My reading is that he wants to get law enforcement out of the drug epidemic business and transfer responsibility for that to healthcare.

      My reading of Session’s position is that he is insisting that the law, as it is, be enforced. Not an unreasonable position to me.

      Senator Paul, rather than whining about enforcing the law, should spend his energy and political capital, such as it is, on changing the law. First step is to convince everyone to agree on the categorization of “drug epidemic”, is it a public health or law enforcement issue?

      1. I just wish we’d all stop using hyperbole like drug epidemic

        1. ^This. Drug use is neither of those things.

        2. Good point by you.

        3. Legalize them to make them safer.

          1. BINGO! total de-crim is preferable but there’s just too many progs of all flavors for that.

      2. Sessions is a Trump cock holster. Or vice versa.

    2. So what Dr. Paul is saying is that we should NOT use law enforcement to treat illness.

      FIFY

      1. No way. He’s suggesting that law enforcement battering rams are the panacea to all of our health crises and that we should use them for everything from drug addiction to ebola.

        1. If you batter someone to death into a fine enough mist that will kill the ebola I am sure.

  9. Sen. Rand Paul says Attorney General Jeff Sessions “will accentuate the injustice in our criminal justice system”

    You’ve got to accentuate the injusitice, eliminate the populace…

  10. President Donald Trump is defending his “absolute right” to share “facts…pertaining to terrorism and airline security” with Russia.

    And what’s the deal with airline security…. this guy knows what I’m talking about…

    1. And the peanuts. I mean, could they make the portions any smaller?
      And what’s the deal with the pilot’s announcement? Am I supposed to approve of a 33,000 foot cruising altitude?

      1. What’s the deal with cancer?

      2. *knocks on cockpit door*
        I’m having the peanuts now. Yeah, that’s what we’re doing back here. Thought I keep you posted. I’m not going to have em all now. I’m just gonna have a few. I don’t want to finish it cause it’s just a big bag.

        1. That’s gotta be Brian Regan although I don’t remember hearing that exact bit.

          1. It’s gotta be old, too, because last time i flew the in-flight snack was like half a pretzel and a shot of warm Sprite.

            1. +1 No knocking on the cockpit door anymore lest we get tackled by an Air Marshall.

              1. (Heard during a period of intense turbulence):

                Guy 1: You think we will make it?

                Guy 2: Yep. All the way to the crash site!

                (Thank you Ron White!)

  11. Turskish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting today with President Trump.

    Didn’t Game of Thrones learn their lesson from having Bush appear in an episode?

    1. Was HW a wight?

      1. HBO had an old cast of W’s head sitting around for some reason, and the producers of Game of Thrones thought it would be funny to give it a wig and put it on a spike on top of the Red Keep at the end of Season 1. It caused a minor kerfuffle that was ultimately overshadowed by everyone’s trauma over Ned Stark’s execution.

        1. You bastard! Spoiler much?

        2. Whoa – – that is weird. I missed that, but then again, I just started watching GOT a couple of months ago, so every episode is new to me. Nevertheless, HW does look like a wight.

        3. The placement implies that W’s head was of a Stark retainer who was slaughteted by Joffrey’s loyalists.

  12. According to South Korean officials, North Korea’s missile program is “progressing faster than expected.”

    “…because the missile fell over, and is rolling down a hill.”

    1. That notion was hit upon in the movie Head Office.

  13. According to South Korean officials, North Korea’s missile program is “progressing faster than expected.”

    When you can devote your entire population to a single purpose…

    1. +1 strong wind of fish farming

  14. “We should be treating our nation’s drug epidemic for what it is — a public health crisis, not an excuse to send people to prison and turn a mistake into a tragedy,” Paul says.

    We could also not view all drug use as epidemic or a crisis, but baby steps, I guess.

    1. We’re closing in on the ability to actually put a dollar value on a human life.

      1. “Six on average. For you, two-fifty.”

    2. Meanwhile, pot is legal in North Korea.

  15. a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report

    Kinda like when he fired Comey with a letter claiming it was by the recommendation of the AG’s office and all his spokespeople rushed out to assure reporters that this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the Russia thing and Trump reverse-engineering an excuse as this was not Trump’s decision but a decision of the AG’s office – and then Trump went out on the shows and told everybody that he had already decided to fire Comey before he was given any advice from the AG’s office, directly contradicting what his spokespeople had just got done saying? Yeah, Trump had a nasty habit of flip-flopping on his positions during the campaign without so much as a head’s-up to his spokespeople, leaving them caught with their pants down and their ass hanging out. And you know what? Nobody quit over that, they all took the abuse and grinned like little shit-eating monkeys.

    1. If the DC toadie class were capable of shame, they’d be hurtin’ right now.

  16. An anonymous source told me that if what these anonymous sources had said is so damning they would reveal themselves. I’m journalising!

    1. ^ Absolute authority on how journalists work.

  17. “President Donald Trump is defending his “absolute right” ”

    Trump has no such right. However, as President, he does have authority.

    1. And you will respect my authoritah!

    2. This.

      It’s not a matter of “rights”, but he has the exact same authority with classified information any other president does, under the relevant law (which is all Executive Orders, since AFAIK “classification” is a pure relic of the Executive branch at this level).

      And that authority is plenary.

      (It may or may not have been a good idea to tell Russians whatever he did*, but it’s plainly within the President’s normal powers.

      (* Comments above and elsewhere make this seem – quelle surprise! like the usual media freakout over nothing-much, but we can’t know for sure, since “unnamed sources” aren’t subject to questioning by us…)

  18. Thank you, Rand Paul, for speaking out against Jeff “Lock ’em up” Sessions. Too bad you helped put him in power.

    1. I came here to say that.
      Why oh why would Rand Paul vote to confirm that little turd?
      There was no down-side to voting against Sessions.

      1. Meh I wasn’t too mad about it. It was basically a big “FUCK YOU” to the Democrats who spent the entire time trying to cast Sessions as an evil racist KKK member. Instead of focusing on problems they had with his policies, they just screamed “RACIST! RACIST! RACIST!”, which was incredibly unfair and dishonest, no matter how much I dislike Sessions.

        1. He was going to be confirmed no matter what.

        2. This is such a stupid justification. Supporting an awful nominee that you disagree with on a bunch of issues central to their job because you don’t like some of the criticisms coming from other opponents of his is ridiculous. Same with “oh he would have been confirmed anyways.” By that logic he might as well have voted for any terrible Obama nominee who was going to be confirmed anyways and who was subject to dumb criticism from (some) Republicans.

          1. And yet, this is where we are.

            Vote for something awful because “it makes the other team cry” is now considered a valid justification for anything.

            1. Vote for something awful because “it makes the other team cry” is now considered a valid justification for anything

              When the New Left began turning politics into a zero-sum game in the late 60s with their religious-like devotion to their political ideology, this was inevitable.

              It’s not an accident that the country has become more partisan as the Boomers and Gen-Xers increased their control on the country’s political and cultural institutions.

  19. the URL says “trump-defends-absolute-right-to#comment”
    finally, a president who understands what is truly important

    1. Make Commenters Post Again!

      Sqrlz 2020!

      1. that’s good, I’d be almost tempted to vote for them…except I know they’d just count my vote twice

          1. Perfect.

    1. ALALALALALALALALALALALALALA

  20. What secrets will Trump give to the Turkish president today

  21. Whoever leaked Trump’s share of classified information seems to have leaked so much as to violate national security himself, along with other laws.

    The “concerned” bureaucrat sounds like a concern troll.

  22. Not too surprising that the fake libertarian democrat lefties at Reason don’t want to touch what the Seth Rich family private investigator has discovered, or even think about it at all for that matter. Way too much cognitive dissonance might ensue!

    Far more comfortable to pretend some rando D.C. street thug shot him in the back for his watch or some bullshit like that I guess.

    1. Reason’s writing retards are retards because they won’t write what I say they should write about Rich. Proof positive that these pussy posers can’t print publicity about their perfect person. Hilldog has their heads in her hands.

      /Double Dummy

  23. Florida Deputy Masturbates, Sleeps and Sexts On-Duty [Only] Verbally Reprimanded Until Video Surfaces

    A Florida deputy who spent almost a year sending videos of himself masturbating to a woman he met online ended up resigning when the woman filed a complaint against him.
    But Vera O’Reilly only filed a complaint against Gulf County sheriff’s deputy Brian Smith after he had purchased an airline ticket to visit her in Canada. And Smith only resigned after O’Reilly’s initial complaints to the department went ignored and she turned to a retired cop turned private investigator who publicized the video showing Smith masturbating.

    Why, oh why, is it always Florida?

  24. 2 weeks old, but still nut-punchy! –> Body Cam Footage Shows Jordan Edwards Shot and Killed in Car Driving Away from Police

    Edwards’ brother said he did not realize his little brother had been shot until after seeing smoke coming out of his head about a block away. That was when he pulled over and asked police for help, apparently thinking somebody other than police shot his brother.

  25. According to South Korean officials, North Korea’s missile program is “progressing faster than expected.”

    I remember 8 years ago when they blew up their first nuke… they’ve come so far — never forget that we let them.

  26. Why aren’t Nazi swastikas and Communist hammers and ???? ??? sickles equally offensive? My question is provoked by the fact that I saw a kid wearing a CCCP T-shirt while??? I was at the gym

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.