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WASHINGTON DC- AUGUST 02 Assistant to the President and Donlad Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump delivers opening remarks while hosting a listening session with military spouses with Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway in the Rooselvelt Room

There were testy moments.

But the fact that the transcripts were leaked is a much bigger problem, as is the fact that the Post chose to publish them. One from November 19, 2012, saw Trump quote from his book, Think Like a Billionaire with this bit of advice: "Don't take vacations". Here's what the White House said about the conversations at the time.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Oh, it's a deluge.

I've never seen anythink like this.

"@BarackObama played golf yesterday".

That is the kind of duplicity that President Barack Obama routinely practiced, though the leaks were far more rare. Specifically, as Sanders explained, new sanctions may give Iran justification for dropping out of the long-negotiated nuclear deal signed by them and the US, UK, Russia, France, China and Germany in 2015.

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Security sources in Australia ― one of the countries involved in the leak ― are already anxious, according to journalist Jamie Tarabay. But Frum on Thursday warned that leaking Trump's private phone calls with foreign leaders is a reckless way to oppose him. And that's not something that can always be done transparently. But reel life can not match the originality and excitement of reality TV - which is live from the White House daily - to the horror and fascination of mystified Americans and people around the world. This is getting unsafe, folks. Of course foreign leaders are going to continue to talk to the president.

A White House official confirms the East Wing will also undergo infrastructural improvements.

"You don't know who made the transcripts", she said.

I realize you hate this man's boss, so maybe this is a case of situational ethics for you. You're an American, too. "Only way for me to get the truth out!" Steve Desiderio, who owns a restaurant and catering business in Bedminster's modest downtown, said the influx of federal agents and journalists would be a welcome boost to his business. Our default setting has to be we publish information that is valid and connected to the understanding of the American public with the government that does things in their names.

"Understand this", said Dir. of National Intelligence Dan Coats, "if you improperly disclose classified info, we will find you". The bigger news is that we know about this at all, and how we know it. The President exhorted Republican Senators to pass a bill before leaving for an undeserved vacation, but they ignored his protests and scurried out of D.C. anyway. Before we go into how doomed we are as a species because of this guy, let's ponder the fact of what a blessed sieve this White House is. While his rivals might think that release of these conversations might weaken his popularity, it is very much likely to be the opposite because his supporters would first see the criminality in these leaks and then they don't mine on his word but would look at intentions. What for? If you're not happy with your job, just leave.

Harwood noted a recent LawFare piece from Jack Goldsmith, a top Justice Department official in the Bush/Cheney administration, who wrote, "What is most remarkable is the extent to which his senior officials act as if Trump were not the chief executive".



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