The revelation that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials last week, followed up by the news that his reveal possibly put an Israeli spy’s life at risk has not been met with a lot of positive spin.
The information about an ISIS plot involving laptop computers and airlines was uncovered by an intelligence partner working undercover with the group.
Yes, some have pointed out that, as president, he can declassify information as he sees fit, therefore, it wasn’t illegal.
That’s not the point.
The point is, was it a prudent move? Was there thought put into how it jeopardizes the work of our allies in shutting down ISIS? How could that information be used to the negative?
And one point that we have the answer to: Did he have the permission of our partners in this operation to share the critical details with Russia?
The answer is, he didn’t.
This incident, at a time when the president is already embroiled in controversy about possible entanglements with the Russian government (NOT our friends) puts a blinding spotlight on the risks voters take when they grudge vote – that is, vote out of anger and frustration, determined to punish the government, rather than careful consideration of who they’re allowing to take control of the nation.
With that in mind, a new poll suggests that this incident has not gone unnoticed, nor has it been excused by the majority of respondents.
According to the POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, 58 percent felt the president did the wrong thing by sharing the information with the Russian officials.
Only 22 percent felt it was a good move, while another 20 percent weren’t sure or had no opinion.
Pollsters found respondents have low confidence in Trump’s ability to handle highly classified national security information.
Forty-one percent said they were “not confident at all,” 14 percent were “not too confident” 17 percent were “somewhat confident,” 22 percent were “very confident” and 6 percent were uncertain or had no opinion.
And this isn’t the fault of the media or anyone else.
Trump sent out his national security adviser H.R. McMaster to dispute the story, only to undermine McMaster’s account the very next day, by admitting that he did it in a tweet.
The opinions on those who leaked the news to the media is somewhat more evenly split.
Forty-four percent additionally said that government officials were right to leak that Trump shared sensitive information with Russian officials to the media, while 39 percent said they should have kept quiet.
The poll was conducted from May 16 to May 18, with 1,970 registered voters responding. It has a 2 percent margin of error, and was collected from an online survey.