The notion that the “intelligence community” is entitled to leak against the President has been so normalized that one-on-one phone conversations between heads of government can be published on the front pages of the public prints to the approval of half the country. I’m a foreigner, so I look at this from a foreigner’s point of view. I don’t know the Mexican guy but over the years I have had some small contact with the Aussie Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. As some of you know, he once walked out of a speech of mine. On the other hand, we passed a not unpleasant day sitting side by side at some gabfest – lot of loose lips, including a somewhat lively exchange between him and me …but on Chatham House rules. So, when somebody or other sought permission to publish our back-and-forth, Mr Turnbull nixed it – because that wasn’t the basis on which our conversation was conducted. I can imagine how he feels seeing his Trump convo splashed across The Washington Post.
But I find it harder to see why he should take a call from the White House ever again. Because there’s no point in heads of government phoning each other unless they can talk candidly. More.
Reality check: Our American friend John Gilmore thinks the coup is failing. Maybe. The thing to remember is that progressives need unaccountable power like a drug. Other people get busy with real lives and forget, and next thing you know, the progressives have made another advance in their war on reality, at human nature’s expense.
See also: The slow rolling coup against Trump