Donald Trump

Stop Leaking. Just Stop!

By Paul Rosenzweig
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 2:06 PM

I get it. You don't like the president. I don't either, so I understand. But you, whoever you are, are doing as much damage, if not more, to the United States than he ever will. Really.

I assume you think you are doing the world a favor. I assume you have the best intentions. But stop. Just stop leaking. Really.

Although it may be fun to give The Washington Post transcripts of the president's calls to foreign leaders, you gravely injure America in incalculable ways by doing so. For one thing, you are embracing norm destruction in a way that is no less disturbing than President Trump's aberrational behavior. And you don't even have his excuse that you don't know better—you do. For another, think of how this plays with other governments—will any foreign leader ever again have a candid phone call with any U.S. president? Why should they assume that this type of leaking would stop after Trump?

Yes, I get it, there is a prurient interest in this stuff; and yes, I know you think the president is a jerk. But in doing this you lower yourself to his level and beyond. If you are a reader of this blog, or know someone who is, you have America's interests at heart. But trust me on this one: You aren't doing the country a service. Stop leaking. Just stop.