Senior Communications Adviser Andrew Bates hit back during a social media feud by pointing a finger at reports ex-President Donald Trump gave away Israeli intelligence secrets as president, at a time when questions swirl about how Hamas got around Israel’s defenses to carry out their horrific terrorist assault.
As violence raged in Israel Monday, critics of President Joe Biden attacked the president over the announcement of a White House press “lid” at 11:46 a.m., which indicates there are no public events expected the rest of the day.
Bates responded to a tweet from Fox News anchor John Roberts by pushing back on critics, writing:
For those unfamiliar, a “lid” is just a courtesy announcement to reporters that they should not expect public events.
A lid does *not* mean the President has stopped working, as is implied in the *Fox* tweet below.
On the contrary, he’s working to support Israel all day
He included a rundown of President Biden’s activities.
When ex-Trump White House senior adviser Stephen Miller objected, Bates responded by accusing Miller of projecting, and by asking if the Trump administration had an “executive time”-style euphemism for giving away Israeli intel:
Stephen just made news by apparently telling on what the definition of “lid” meant during the “executive time” administration.
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) October 9, 2023
The link in the tweet refers to an infamous May 2017 Oval Office meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Multiple outlets reported that Trump divulged classified information derived from s Israeli intelligence. At the time, The New York Times raised the possibility that information could be passed to Iran.
While Bates was cagey about the implications of the story to the present crisis in Israel, the narrative that Trump could be responsible for the intelligence failure that enabled Hamas to surprise Israel began to take hold almost immediately among some high-profile social media liberals.
The suggestion that Iran could have shared information gleaned from Trump — in that meeting or some other unknown circumstance — with Hamas began rocketing around social media shortly after the attacks began, and questions about the intelligence failure swirled.
Ex-presidential niece Mary Trump and others shared more pointed accusations, buttressed by the Oval Office meeting as well as more circumstantial factors to connect Trump to the attacks this past weekend:
This fucking maniac likely gave Putin (who gave Iran, who gave Hamas) Israel’s national security secrets…
Plus, he divulged highly classified information about our nuclear subs to an Australian cardboard guy.
Why is he still allowed to roam free? pic.twitter.com/gZsxdQiK0G
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) October 9, 2023
I’m guessing, but:
– Trump sharing Israeli intel with Russia
– Photos of intel in the MAL shitter
– Trump’s general disregard for intel
– Trump’s efforts to discredit intel agencies,
probably cooled intel sharing with the US from Israel and the Five Eyes. https://t.co/uj2Lcs45Ej
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) October 9, 2023
Hamas apparently knew how to get around Israel’s Iron Dome defenses. They probably learned this from Iran. Iran almost certainly got the information from Russia. And who gave it to Russia? Sure looks like it was Donald Trump, at the request of Putin: https://t.co/dDrVhVNWqx
— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) October 8, 2023
It seems quaint that back in 2017, after Trump shared classified intelligence from Israel with Iran’s friend Russia, whether Donald Trump could be trusted with classified documents was still a debated issue. https://t.co/wpX32l6QDr
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 9, 2023
Trump shared US intel with Russia’s Lavrov in the Oval Office
Lavrov met with Hamas who attacked Israel
Trump stole classified docs on CIA agents in 2021
In 2021, CIA saw a huge spike in murders
Folks, wake up — when it comes to Trump, there is NO such thing as a coincidence
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) October 9, 2023
Trump claimed an absolute right to share intelligence secrets
This is after Trump shared intelligence from Israel with Russian, Lavrov
Who has been meeting with Lavrov in Russia? Hamas pic.twitter.com/Uu8MO3aU0M
— RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) October 8, 2023
Does anyone one think that Trump showing Classified Israeli Intelligence to Lavrov in the Oval Office played any part in the Intelligence failure that led to the horrors were now witnessing?
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 8, 2023
I’m not going to jump the gun, but 👇🏻
Israel Was Source of Intelligence Trump Shared With Russia: Sources https://t.co/CX97pB4fi7
— julianne phillips (@juliannePhill) October 10, 2023
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