There was another leak from the White House staff. This one has the President and his Chief of Staff fuming. As fate would have it, the Russians are involved. Well, one Russian anyway. Vladimir Putin just won reelection and the President, in a peaceful gesture, congratulated Mr. Putin. The uproar over that was bad enough, but look at what someone in the intelligence briefing group leaked to the press.
As Written and Reported By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
No kidding. Presumably, this leak won’t be tough to find, either, although in a White House this garrulous, it might not be as easy as one might guess:
President Donald Trump was infuriated after it quickly leaked that he had been directly instructed by his national security advisers in briefing materials not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory during their call Tuesday morning, a source familiar with the President’s thinking said.
Trump was fuming Tuesday night, asking his allies and outside advisers who they thought had leaked the information, noting that only a small group of staffers have access to those materials and would have known what guidance was included for the Putin call, the source said.
According to the source, the incident resurfaces his long-held belief there are individuals inside his administration — especially in the national security realm — who are actively working to undermine him.
John Kelly’s also furious, although CNN casts that anger more in reaction to concerns over the security of presidential briefings. Both are legit concerns, of course, as presidential briefings contain material that is restricted to the highest levels of government in order to protect both…
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