There has been much made of the release of the Trump-Zelensky transcript yesterday in which the private conversation between the two world leaders was released to quell calls for impeachment by the Democrats. And while it put Republicans at ease knowing nothing much was said while sending Democrats scrambling to turn nothing into something, there’s a major problem with this whole circus that will impact American foreign relations going forward.
Washington Examiner’s Social Media Director Will Ricciardella joined Liz Wheeler on her One America News show, Tipping Point, to discuss this troubling incident.
“I don’t think anyone’s talking about the damage it has done to America as a whole just because these people, these partisans or Democrats or the media don’t like Donald Trump,” Ricciardella pointed out.
“Right, because no foreign leader can have confidence that what he or she said to the President of the United States is going to stay confidential,” Wheeler reiterated.
There seems to have been very little choice on the part of the White House, especially if the whistleblower’s complaint, which may be released to the public as early as today, seems more damaging than what the actual transcript shows. This seems to be the most likely scenario, otherwise the White House could have simply kept the transcript confidential. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received permission from President Zelensky before prompting President Trump to declassify the transcript, but there are still things said in there that would have been better off to have remained between the two leaders and their staff.
By pushing the Ukraine story all the way to an impeachment inquiry, Democrats have done long-term, potentially permanent damage to presidents going forward. If conversations are not sacred, leaders will be reluctant to talk to us.
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