Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday that former President Donald Trump saying a president can declassify information on second thought shows how dangerous he is. for the national security of the United States.
Last week on Fox News, Trump said, “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it. You know, there are different people who say different things. If I understood correctly, it is not necessary. If you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify by simply saying, “It’s declassified.” Even thinking about it.
Anchor Jake Tapper asked, “Is that how it works, sir?”
Schiff said, “No, that’s not how it works. These comments don’t show much intelligence of any kind. If you could declassify thinking about it, he’s more dangerous than we thought because, from that point of view, he could just spout whatever he read in the presidential newspaper or whatever he was briefed on by the CIA director to a visiting Russian delegation or any other delegation and just saying well I thought about it and so when the words came out of my mouth they were declassified. People work hard to get this information. This information protects the lives of Americans and the fact that he treats it so cavalierly shows both what a permanent danger this man is, but also how little he cares about anything other than himself. .
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