‘Our jaws hit the ground’ over Trump’s ‘incompetence’ with classified information: ex aide


Donald Trump was so “incredibly incompetent” about protecting classified information that White House staffers were “legitimately afraid” to turn it over to him, a former Trump administration official said Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline White House”.

“It’s not just that he criticized [Hillary] Clinton then did something similar. He’s done something much worse many times, so much so that we were afraid — rightfully afraid — to take sensitive classified information from the Oval Office and tell the President of the United States about it,” Miles Taylor said. , who served as chief of staff to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

“That’s how bad it was,” he added. “We would talk about it before we go in when we get some briefs – can we talk to the president about it? – because it was feared that he would leak information to the public, to foreign adversaries.

At one point, as Trump sat among a group of reporters, “he had some classified information on his desk, and he grabbed it and held it and waved it in the air to brag about how he gets really important information,” Taylor recalls. “I mean, our jaws hit the ground.”

There was also a photographer in the room at the time, Taylor said. Fortunately, reporters “did not capture the highly sensitive classified information that Donald Trump grabbed with his fist and waved in the air. But that’s how reckless this man was with this type of information,” he added.

Taylor painted the horrifying picture after being asked how Trump’s handling of material information compared to Clinton’s. Trump viciously attacked Clinton during her first presidential campaign for using a private email server for work while she was secretary of state. Her behavior was so egregious, an outraged Trump said, that she should have been “locked up.” She was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Trump repeatedly tore up documents while in the Oval Office in apparent brazen violation of presidential records laws requiring them to be safeguarded. He also fled with several boxes of documents – including information marked “classified” – when he left the White House.

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