Here’s some advice for the media covering President Trump: If you don’t want to be accused of reporting fake news, don’t report fake news.
Case in point: On Monday, CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that a highly-placed U.S. intelligence source inside the Kremlin was pulled “in part, by concerns that President Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”
Sciutto continued, “The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. … [that] had been provided by Israel.”
Sorry, the decision to extract the source was first made before Trump took office, and the reason was mishandling of classified intelligence not by Trump, but by the Obama administration. As The New York Times reported, “C.I.A. officials worried about safety made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia.”
What prompted that decision? Leaks to the media about the covert source’s