Wa­ters says she’s ‘so glad’ to see il­le­gal leaks

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters told the hosts of ABC’s “The View” on Fri­day that she was “so glad” about il­le­gal leaks that were spec­i­fied as putting U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity at risk.

Co-host Joy Be­har laughed and a stu­dio au­di­ence burst into cheers as one Pres­i­dent Trump’s most stri­dent crit­ics in Congress said that White House leaks bring her a sense of bliss — even if it threat­ens na­tional se­cu­rity.

The ex­change came as co-host Paula Faris ex­pressed con­cern over the pres­i­dent’s abil­ity to gov­ern if pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions with world lead­ers are reg­u­larly leaked.

“We have to be both­ered by these phone con­ver­sa­tions, these con­fi­den­tial con­ver­sa­tions that he had with Mex­ico and Aus­tralia that were just il­le­gally leaked to The Wash­ing­ton Post. There are a lot of Democrats who are dis­turbed by this be­cause it threat­ens our na­tional se­cu­rity. Are you dis­turbed by it?” Ms. Faris asked.

“No, not at all,” the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat re­sponded. “I am so glad they’re telling us what’s go­ing on … I need to hear these con­ver­sa­tions. Un­for­tu­nately, this is his prob­lem.”

Ms. Faris coun­tered that world lead­ers will be re­luc­tant to speak with Mr. Trump if they know that any­thing they say may wind up in ma­jor U.S. news­pa­pers.


Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters, Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat, met with the hosts of ABC’s “The View” on Fri­day.

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