It turns out Donald Trump’s gift of U.S. secrets to hostile foreign leaders wasn’t just a one time thing, but rather a pattern. Just a week after it was exposed that Trump gave highly classified intel to the Russians during an Oval Office visit, it’s been revealed that Trump told the hostile leader of another foreign nation where the United States nuclear submarines were located at the time.
That’s the word from the Huffington Post, which slogged through the newly released transcript of an early-May phone call between Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (link). The Philippines has dissolved into bloody lawlessness under Duterte’s rule, as he’s urged his own citizens to murder each other under the guise of fighting drug dealers.
But Trump saw fit to tell the unstable Duterte where the U.S. was keeping its nuclear subs, in a seeming attempt at impressing him – even though Duterte has taken provocative stances against the U.S. in an attempt at looking tough, and is generally viewed as a hostile foreign leader. This comes after Trump risked U.S. relations with Israel by leaking into to Russia, and raises further questions about whether Trump is coherent enough, or mentally competent enough, to handle America’s secrets.
What’s worse is that in both instances, it may have been the foreign governments who leak word that Donald Trump had leaked them secrets. The Russians themselves are the most likely source of his leak to them. And the leaked transcript of Trump’s phone call to Duterte was based on a transcript made by the Philippines. At this point, foreign leaders appear to be trying to publicly rub in the fact that they’re playing Trump like a fiddle.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report