Trump Says Democrats Would Have Leaked If Briefed [OPINION]
President Donald J. Trump is in hot water with the Democrats because he failed to brief members of Congress before whacking Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week. But what else is new? Trump is in hot water with Democrats every day for one ridiculous thing or another.
So why didn't Trump tell Congressional leaders about the plan to eliminate Soleimani? Do you have to ask? Well, if you ask Trump, they just couldn't be trusted to keep a secret, that's why.
Trump told a packed house during a campaign rally in Ohio on Thursday night that telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff in advance would have guaranteed that Soleimani would have gotten the message too.
"They're saying, 'You should get permission from Congress, you should come in and tell us what you want to do – you should come in and tell us so that we can call up the fake news that's back there, and we can leak it,'" Trump said. "Lot of corruption back there."
Trump is on point with his concern about leaks but just as important is the time constraints involved with such an operation. When the call came in that Soleimani had been spotted and could be taken down, a split-second decision had to be made on whether to drone him. There simply was no time for conference calls with Pelosi and Schiff. You either move or the moment is lost. Trump made the right call.
Pelosi is so concerned about notification that she refused to take Vice President Mike Pence's call on Tuesday when Iranian missiles were fired at American forces stationed in Iraq.
So for now at least I guess Pelosi and company can be happy with their non-binding resolution scolding Trump for taking out the trash without permission. The toothless resolution is strictly symbolic and it provides propaganda for the Iranian regime.
No wonder Trump doesn't trust them.
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