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The more this White House leaks, the scarier it gets. The New York Times is now reporting some absolutely frightening tidbits from inside Trumpworld that should frighten all of us.

Trump’s aides won’t leave him alone with foreign leaders because they’re afraid of what he might say or divulge.

There is a fear among some of Mr. Trump’s senior advisers about leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn. General McMaster, in particular, has tried to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground.

Naturally, Trump doesn’t like being corrected or diverted (even if he’s about to cause an international incident) and has called McMaster “a pain.” Also, Trump isn’t sophisticated enough to pick up “granular details” about intelligence.

In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would do harm to United States allies.

Sorry, but how does “he’s too daft to do it intentionally” work as a defense?

That’s essentially what national security adviser H.R. McMaster tried to sell earlier today when he said, “The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from.” Who cares? Lives will still be lost. Long-standing alliances will still be severed. National security will still be put at risk.

Conservative commentator David Frum had it right.

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