I’m sure you’ve all heard by now about how Donald Trump was entertaining an Aussie billionaire at Mar-a-Lago and started to spew military secrets. Or what might have been military secrets. Trump has long contended that, compared to Russia, the U.S. is “a greater nuclear power” with “the greatest submarines in the world.” And when Anthony Pratt, a packaging mogul, brought up the topic of Australia buying nuclear submarines from the U.S., Trump went into P.T. Barnum mode and began selling him one. Before you head towards the fainting couch, remember that this is one instance where his stupidity might be our blessing.
“And when his generals offered P45 a briefing on the nuclear trinity, he told them that Paula White had already read bible verses to him all morning.”
— Sucker Carlson ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@SuckerCarlson) October 6, 2023
This may sound cynical, the stuff of black comedy, but literally it’s true. If Trump had understood more of what he was seeing and if he had an intellect or a background which put him above bullet points, photographs and short term memory, we might seriously be in trouble. Also, I have to believe that some of the generals he dealt with, Milley and McMaster, certainly, knew enough to keep material from him. They had to have done so and we’ll probably never know.
The potential disclosure was reported to special counsel Jack Smith’s team as they investigated Trump’s alleged hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, the sources told ABC News. The information could shed further light on Trump’s handling of sensitive government secrets. […]
In those interviews, Pratt described how — looking to make conversation with Trump during a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in April 2021 — he brought up the American submarine fleet, which the two had discussed before, the sources told ABC News.
According to Pratt’s account, as described by the sources, Pratt told Trump he believed Australia should start buying its submarines from the United States, to which an excited Trump — “leaning” toward Pratt as if to be discreet — then told Pratt two pieces of information about U.S. submarines: the supposed exact number of nuclear warheads they routinely carry, and exactly how close they supposedly can get to a Russian submarine without being detected.
There’s no doubt in my mind but that that conversation rivaled anything you ever saw while watching Dr. Strangelove. And apparently Pratt thought so, too, because he couldn’t stop talking about it.
In emails and conversations after meeting with Trump, Pratt described Trump’s remarks to at least 45 others, including six journalists, 11 of his company’s employees, 10 Australian officials, and three former Australian prime ministers, the sources told ABC News.
While Pratt told investigators he couldn’t tell if what Trump said about U.S. submarines was real or just bluster, investigators nevertheless asked Pratt not to repeat the numbers that Trump allegedly told him, suggesting the information could be too sensitive to relay further, ABC News was told.
It makes you wonder, and not for the first time, what he bragged about to Xi Xiang Ping over the chocolate cake on the Mar-a-Lago terrace, or Kim Jong Un, when he visited with him. And again, I have to believe, that if he had told them anything accurate that we would be in a world of hurt now. And don’t forget, he had private conversations with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
And I’m not making light of this. I think this is horrifying. I’m just saying that the man has no concept of technical matters (which doesn’t stop him from telling the military how many engines to put on a jet) or how anything fits together in context, so in point of fact, we don’t know what numbers he gave them or how they apply to anything. Remember, this is Mr. Person Woman Man Camera TV we’re talking about here.
That said, even a slip of a number here and a number there could be woven into an intelligence tapestry by somebody who does know what’s going on.
And we have Trump’s crooked judge, Aileen Cannon, running interference for him, as attempts are made to investigate this very thing and bring Trump to justice.
It’s a mad mad mad mad MAGA world, no question about that. Frankly, I’m a lot more worried about what Jared sold to the Saudis. And I think we should keep a close eye on how long Jared’s warm Saudi connections continue to flourish, or not, if the Republicans and Trump end up losing bigly in 2024.