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White House Staffer Leaks That Trump Ignored Written Warning “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Putin On His Reelection

22/03/2018

JONATHAN TURLEY

440px-Official_Portrait_of_President_Donald_Trump225px-Vladimir_Putin_official_portraitPresident Donald Trump is under intense fire for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election — an election widely denounced as a sham.  Putting aside the propriety of an American President congratulating an authoritarian figure (who is accused of interfering with his own election), the most notable element in the story was a leak that said Trump’s national security staff not only warned him not congratulate Putin but included in his briefing materials in all-capital letters the warning “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” The speed of the leak is astonishing even by the measure of the Trump Administration. It appears that the leaks may have occurred within minutes of the call.   Chief of Staff Kelly is reportedly irate with the leak and for good reason.

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