A few more months of this, and General H. R. McMaster will sound about as slick as Paul Ryan when it comes to giving non-answers to the media:
President Donald Trump's national security adviser declined to say if the president confronted Russian officials about the country's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election during a meeting at the White House earlier this month, telling ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos "there already was too much that's been leaked from those meetings."
"One of the things that I'm most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important," McMaster said in an exclusive interview that aired on "This Week" Sunday. "I'm really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people."
"The initial leak that came out was a leak about concerns about revealing intelligence sources and methods," McMaster said referring to a report from The Washington Post Monday, which stated the president revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak which "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State."
"Information that's not even part of the president's briefing. And so in a concern about divulging intelligence they leaked actually not just the information from the meeting, but also indicated the sources and methods to a newspaper," McMaster said on "This Week."
"I take your point on that, although there is also the question of whether or not it was right for the president to give that information to the Russians," Stephanopoulos responded. "But I just asked the direct question: Did the president confront the Russians on their interference in our election?"
McMaster still did not answer.
"I'm not going to divulge more of that meeting," McMaster said. "Those meetings, as you know, are supposed to be privileged. They're supposed to be confidential."
The leaks are meaningless--it's a crime against history to sit there and say that the leaks are the problem when all the leaks do is expose incompetence, fraud and bungling.
The reason why people are leaking is because their hair is on fire--this regime is the gang that couldn't shoot straight and lost the gun and ate the bullets and went on to shit daisies. McMaster is supposed to be a moderating influence on the president. He's supposed to be the adult in the room. But all of this comes from someone who made his professional reputation on a book that charged Lyndon Johnson and his advisors with dereliction of duty with regards to the escalation and prosecution of the war in Vietnam.
Does anything McMaster said sound remotely like he's providing Trump with anything other than the acquiescence and accommodation of a yes-man? McMaster doesn't have to say anything because the Russians recorded the meeting. He knows that and he's afraid of what tomorrow will bring. They all are, every one of them.