WASHINGTON ― Amid reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified intelligence to Russian leaders in the Oval Office, Republicans reacted with a now-familiar refrain: some expressions of dismay, some shrugging, and no suggestion from anyone in authority ― including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ― that Congress respond.
Trump revealed to the Russians details about the Islamic State militant group that had been provided by allies, according to The Washington Post. Administration officials at first agreed with the basic facts, then denied the story. Trump himself confirmed Tuesday morning that he had spilled the beans.
McConnell, the person who is perhaps best positioned to offer a check and balance against Trump, simply shrugged off the news as a distraction that might not even be true.
“I read the story in The Washington Post and I read Gen. [H. R.] McMasters’ response, which tends to refute the story, rebut the story,” McConnell said in an interview with Bloomberg.
“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so we could focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare,” he said, entirely skipping over Trump’s own admission and the potential consequences of handing out secret intelligence to hostile nations.
I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so we could focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.
McConnell repeated his plea for the White House to drop all the drama later when he spoke to reporters after meeting with fellow Republicans, but seemed somewhat hesitant in…