I tend to take these stories about the President with a grain of salt. We have seen key details of a number of salacious stories retracted within 48 hours. The media hates the President so much that they’ll run a negative story about him without very much provocation. Anti-Trump sources embedded within the administration in the career civil service, etc. will leak to the press and confirmation bias sets in.Yes, extreme hostility toward Trump on the part of the media and civil servants is really uncalled for!
This is also Erick Erickson, in the same post:
What sets this story apart for me, at least, is that I know one of the sources. And the source is solidly supportive of President Trump, or at least has been and was during Campaign 2016. But the President will not take any internal criticism, no matter how politely it is given. He does not want advice, cannot be corrected, and is too insecure to see any constructive feedback as anything other than an attack.Erickson continues:
So some of the sources are left with no other option but to go to the media, leak the story, and hope that the intense blowback gives the President a swift kick in the butt. Perhaps then he will recognize he screwed up. The President cares vastly more about what the press says than what his advisers say. That is a real problem and one his advisers are having to recognize and use, even if it causes messy stories to get outside the White House perimeter.
I am told that what the President did is actually far worse than what is being reported. The President does not seem to realize or appreciate that his bragging can undermine relationships with our allies and with human intelligence sources. He also does not seem to appreciate that his loose lips can get valuable assets in the field killed.So, according to Erickson, the president of the United States
You can call these sources disloyal, traitors, or whatever you want. But please ask yourself a question — if the President, through inexperience and ignorance, is jeopardizing our national security and will not take advice or corrective action, what other means are available to get the President to listen and recognize the error of his ways?
* "will not take any internal criticism"Gosh, I can't imagine why the press and career civil servants dislike Trump and traffic in negative stories about him on a regular basis. Must be liberal bias!
* "does not want advice, cannot be corrected, and is too insecure to see any constructive feedback as anything other than an attack"
* "cares vastly more about what the press says than what his advisers say," which "is a real problem"
* did something that "is actually far worse than what is being reported" (which echoes the BuzzFeed source who said, “it’s far worse than what has already been reported”)
* "does not seem to appreciate that his loose lips can get valuable assets in the field killed."
* "is jeopardizing our national security and will not take advice or corrective action"