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.

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.


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  1. Wouldn’t it be awesome if, knowing what a moron he is, the adults in the room mocked up “top secret” documents chock full of disinformation. Knowing he’d run off at the mouth to anyone within earshot.
    Then this trial is performance art to convince the bad guys they got the “good stuff”.
    In my dreams…

  2. I want to remind everyone this appalling willingness to blab the most sensitive National Security information started as soon as Trump got into the WH. Remember when he snuck the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister into the OVAL OFFICE for a meeting? We only found out about it because one of THEM blabbed about it on RT back in Russia a couple of weeks later. Only then did the administration grudgingly admit the meeting had taken place, but that isn’t the worst of it. Trump also shared with them CODE WORD intelligence that we had gotten via Israel, a country that has always been notoriously reluctant to share ANYTHING with any other country including us without whom they wouldn’t even exist. That intelligence included that there was a source inside the Kremlin with regular access to Putin. Whether that individual got identified by Russia and wound up dead we’ll never know. However, they had a pretty solid network in place that had to be shut down.

    How any person right then and there could still support Trump is beyond me. I think it would be easier for my old ass to get a PhD in quantum physics or celestial mechanics (smart as I am that would have been beyond my math capabilities even when I was young and up on undergraduate college level calculus and physics) before I could begin to understand how any Republican, supposedly (they sure as hell spent decades PREACHING it) the Party of National Security didn’t start demanding right then and there that Trump be impeached and removed from office.

    Once again, the hypocrisy is so breathtaking not even Shakespeare could put it into words. If a Democratic President had done such a thing, or the stuff with all that highly classified material STOLEN when he left the WH there would be literal blood in the streets.

  3. Once again, he’s violated his oath to the constitution he took in front of the world, and violated the Espionage Act!!! Merrick???? Jack?????Anyone who takes blabbing national defense secrets to the world seriously??? The law says it’s as serious as passing documents. He had access to the MOST SENSITIVE NATIONAL DEFENSE SECRETS!!!!! He normally couldn’t hold his attention for two seconds, YET it has been reported he took GREAT INTEREST in the briefing on the nuclear football!!!! America…are you scared yet??? What did he tell putin at Helsinki??? The sinister frosty the snowball in north Korea? What did his son in law sell the Saudis? Yet he still remains free…repect for the law? Why? Until YOU phuckers live up to the rules YOU MADE, then go phuck a rolling doughnut. Once he left the office, he was not free to share ANY classified information he learned as president. FACT. He’s been, and remains the greatest security risk this country has ever known. Now we REALLY don’t know what our enemies know about our national defense.



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