Trump is a national security risk – and still Republicans back him

In truth, Trump is “the loose lips sink ships” president. It is not just his Russian rhapsody or his paternal love for Kim Jong-un. If the Duchy of Grand Fenwick wanted to steal America’s secrets, Trump would probably oblige.

Less than a week after the inauguration, Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, warned the White House Flynn was a security risk potentially subject to Russian blackmail. Instead of having the national security adviser frogmarched to the sidewalk, Trump allowed him to soldier on at the center of national security decision-making for another 18 days.

Then there was the Oval Office moment in May 2017 when Trump the Blabbermouth sold out Israel. Bragging about foiling a plot by the Islamic State in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, Trump inadvertently revealed a major Israeli espionage operation. Russian generosity meant that this information was almost certainly shared with its Iranian allies.