Donald Trump and his administration become more sketchy with every passing day. The things that they do have often caused controversy surrounding Trump’s staffers and their questionable approach to handling things.
In November, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team had gone to national security officials in the Obama White House with a rather strange request. He asked if it would be possible for the incoming team to obtain a copy of the a classified profile from the CIA on Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Apparently the information was being fetched for Michael Flynn, who at the time was the White House security adviser, by Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and NATO official. Billingslea was aware that Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak, and expressed concern to two former Obama administration officials that Flynn may not fully comprehend the fact that the man he was to deal with had rumored ties to Russia. Upon hearing Billingslea’s concerns, the Obama White House was stunned, as this was basically an admission that the incoming Trump administration might already be over their heads.
Everything became clear for the Obama officials after seeing Flynn’s contacts within Russia spiral into a huge controversy that would eventually make him lose his job and cause Trump to throw ridiculous accusations out there in regards to Obama and his administration.
Of course, the White House declined to comment on this incident.
Even with the suspicions officials had, they claim that they never withheld any information from the incoming administration.
Obama’s White House had become more and more concerned about the way Trump and his team handled classified information. It came to the officials’ attention that extremely sensitive documents were being taken from a secure room, known as the sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), were being photocopied and removed from the facility. It was then that Obama’s national security team made the decision to only let the transition officials view information at the White House. The documents that Trump’s incoming administration was allowed to view included to government’s contingency plans, in the case of crisis.
While it was never made clear what these photocopied documents were being used for, the underlying issue remains the same; Trump does not care enough to protect classified information. From having an unsecured cellphone, from leaving keys that would allow anyone to gain access to sensitive information right on his desk while visitors mill in and out of the Oval office to having an “open-air situation room” at Mar-a-Lago, Trump is just being plain negligent.
Anyone with basic common sense would deduce that taking classified information from the White House is a big no no. The only way that Trump’s team may have thought that doing something such as this was alright would be if Trump himself gave them the green light.
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