Writing for his website The Resurgent, conservative columnist and radio host Erick Erickson said that he knows who leaked to the Washington Post, why they leaked, and that the source is “solidly” a supporter of President Trump.
In the piece, Erickson states that the source felt they had no choice but to go to the media because Trump cares more about what the media thinks about him than taking advice from his advisers. Erickson said that the source says that the president is too insecure to take even the least bit of criticism or corrective suggestions, no matter how politely they’re delivered to him.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post, quoted anonymous sources claiming that President Donald Trump revealed “highly classified information” to Russia about ISIS, a common enemy. Following the story, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster gave a press briefing on Monday calling the story “false,” and said it “didn’t happen.” McMaster was at the meeting between Trump and the Russian foreign officials.
On Tuesday, McMaster said that the “real issue” is the leaks themselves, rather than anything Trump did or did not say, arguing that the discussion the president had with the Russians was “wholly appropriate” and that “our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality and those releasing information to the press.”
Erickson wrote that what Trump did in the meeting, according to the source, is “actually far worse” that what the media is currently reporting:
“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.
So some of the sources are left with no other option but to go to the media, leak the story, and hope that the intense blowback gives the President a swift kick in the butt. Perhaps then he will recognize he screwed up. The President cares vastly more about what the press says than what his advisers say. That is a real problem and one his advisers are having to recognize and use, even if it causes messy stories to get outside the White House perimeter.
I am told that what the President did is actually far worse than what is being reported. The President does not seem to realize or appreciate that his bragging can undermine relationships with our allies and with human intelligence sources. He also does not seem to appreciate that his loose lips can get valuable assets in the field killed.”
Erickson said that while the sources may be labeled by some as “disloyal, traitors, or whatever,” the leaker felt that they had no other place to go since they believed national security was being jeopardized and the president wouldn’t listen to anybody.