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Erick Erickson says he knows who leaked on Donald Trump's meeting with Russia

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson says Trump's secret spilling is "far worse" than reported


Charlie May
May 16, 2017 7:48PM (UTC)

Following the shocking report that President Trump had revealed highly classified information last week during his Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, some pundits were quick to question the original reporting by The Washington Post, but one right-wing blogger explains why the reporting should be taken seriously.

Erick Erickson, who typically takes stories regarding Trump "with a grain of salt," claimed to know one of the sources who leaked information about the president's meeting.

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"What sets this story apart for me, at least, is that I know one of the sources. And the source is solidly supportive of President Trump, or at least has been and was during Campaign 2016. But the President will not take any internal criticism, no matter how politely it is given. He does not want advice, cannot be corrected, and is too insecure to see any constructive feedback as anything other than an attack," Erickson wrote.

Monday night on Fox News' "The Five," pundit Jesse Watters insisted that the report from The Washington Post is completely false. "The Washington Post was wrong about Sean Spicer hiding in the bush. They were wrong about Rosenstein, the deputy AG, resigning," Watters said.

"If you’re a disloyal person, you sing to The Washington Post. If you’re a loyal person, you take it to your superior," Watters added.

But Erickson said in his blog that Trump did something "far worse" than what had been originally reported. "You can call these sources disloyal, traitors, or whatever you want," he wrote. "But please ask yourself a question — if the President, through inexperience and ignorance, is jeopardizing our national security and will not take advice or corrective action, what other means are available to get the President to listen and recognize the error of his ways?"

On Monday night Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, also weighed in, expressing in a tweet that an official had confirmed that Trump's actions were more serious than many originally thought.

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Erickson also noted that the source of the information is "seriously pro-Trump." He added, "The President does not seem to realize or appreciate that his bragging can undermine relationships with our allies and with human intelligence sources."


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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