John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, is furious about how quickly it leaked that President Trump was warned not to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory, according to a White House official.
The former general is on the warpath and plans to address this matter Wednesday as aides try to figure out who leaked the warning, the official said.
The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that Trump congratulated Putin even though he received the warnings from several national security advisers and briefing materials that said in all caps: “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.”
“This is unacceptable,” the official said, referring to the leak. Some believe it was an attempt to embarrass the President as well as H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser. He was there for Trump’s call.
The official painted a picture of anger and disappointment in the West Wing when the leak was revealed. The White House has officially declined to comment on the matter. The briefing given to the president was classified, so they can’t comment on it.
A White House official did not dispute CNN’s language on Tuesday that described the notes provided to Trump by the National Security Council. They did say that Trump didn’t read or see the notecard. The official added that Trump often disregards advice in calls with foreign leaders.
Trump’s congratulations drew intense criticism among U.S. political leaders including Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain. He said “an American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.”
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