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5 Ways Trump Poses a Threat to National Security
Whether it be his handling of classified information, his undermining of the United States intelligence services, his erosion of alliances, or his yielding to dictators like Kim Jung Un or Vladimir Putin, it's becoming obvious that Donald Trump has become a threat. Below, we'll look at five specific ways Trump has become a serious threat to national security.
1. Trump Lies
It's become painfully clear that Donald Trump cannot be trusted. There are numerous sources that exist that have fact-checked Trump on many statements he has said. Many sites have counted well over 3,000 lies or misleading statements in his first 466 days as president.
He's admitted that he made up things when speaking with leaders of other nations and that if his policies go bad, he'll just make up some excuse. About North Korea, he said: "I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey I was wrong,'" said Trump, before adding, "I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse."
On top of that, the reports that Trump gave Russia sensitive intelligence on a Mossad operation in the Oval Office call into question his ability to handle classified information. Add to the fact the reports that he finds security concerns too cumbersome to stop using his personal cellphone and you wonder about the national security of the United States.
Having such a dishonest and distrusted individual in the Oval Office is not only disheartening but dangerous.
2. Election Meddling by the Trump Administration
Another important point that comes to mind is about election meddling. Every intelligence service in the United States has come to the same conclusion: Russia, without a shadow of a doubt, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Why then, on June 28, 2018, did Trump issue the following statement on Twitter to his followers:
"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election! Where is the DNC Server, and why didn't Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents take and closely examine it? Why isn't Hillary/Russia being looked at? So many questions, so much corruption!"
When an American president sides with such a corrupt figure as Putin over his own intelligence services, that's borderline treason and certainly opens himself up to questions of why. It makes many believe he was complicit in the assistance Russia gave his campaign.
The second point is that if he is sending out that message that there was no interference, how secure will the upcoming elections be? That's a real concern for an American public that believes he colluded with a foreign government to become elected to the highest office in the world.
This is where he becomes a national security threat. Is he undermining future security improvements to ensure his political party remains in control of government? Is he encouraging Russia to meddle again to instill representatives that are sympathetic to policies that benefit that country?
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3. Irresponsible and Dangerous Rhetoric
Trump has been hammering away at the media since his run began, calling them fake news, the enemy, and even posting video of himself attacking Vince McMahon with a CNN logo superimposed over his face.
On June 26, 2018, conservative political commentator Milo Yiannopolous texted a pair of journalists and said that he "can't wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning down journalists," and they made that comment public.
On June 28, 2018, someone gunned down five journalists. Cause and effect? You decide.
4. Deal-Making With North Korea
Trump met with Kim Jung Un and declared that he solved the problem with denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. There are reports coming out this week that North Korea is making rapid improvements to a nuclear facility.
What it sounds like is North Korea is doing what they've always done, pledging to halt their nuclear program and then ignoring what they say.
Where Trump becomes a national security issue is that he didn't get anything that backs up that pledge. No inspections, no sanctions for breaking the agreement, no specifics. North Korea got a halt to military exercises by South Korea and the United States in the area.
So Trump gave away something on the word of a dictator that seems to be dubious, at best.
5. Broken Alliances
Trump continues to erode the alliances the United States has with many nations. He's alienated many countries in a series of different ways.
The first was his stance on climate change. He pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord, saying it was unfair to the United States. Every other United States ally remains committed to that accord.
Trump has imposed tariffs on allies and gone after Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada at the G7 Summit. Right after, he met with Kim Jung Un and embraced him as a strong leader, even saying he wished the American people had the same level of respect for him that the North Koreans have for their leader.
Trump's stance on immigration and separating children from their parents has been declared a human rights violation by the United Nations. The Trump response? To withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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