Corker: Trump administration ‘downward spiral’ (UPDATE: Alexander kinda critical, too)

Among congressional Republicans, Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker had one of the stronger  negative reactions Monday to reports that President Donald Trump has revealed sensitive intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister and U.S. ambassador and is widely quoted today in national media.

From CNN:

“They are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening,” Corker told reporters. “You know the shame of it is there’s a really good national security team in place, there’s good productive things that are underway through them, and through others. But the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think — it creates a worrisome environment.”

From Politico:

“To compromise a source is something that you just don’t do,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters, adding that he didn’t know yet whether the report was true. “That’s why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close, is to prevent that from happening.”

Corker was referring to a report in The Washington Post on Monday that Trump divulged highly classified information involving the Islamic State that officials had obtained through an intelligence-sharing arrangement with a U.S. partner. The arrangement was so sensitive that the information was not even shared with other U.S. allies, according to the Post.

The report, which the White House denied, came on the heels of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last week. Corker told other news outlets the White House is “in a downward spiral right now” and needs to get things “under control.”

UPDATE, via The Tennessean: In a cryptic statement Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander R-Tenn., described the global impact of White House actions.

“Those working in the White House would do well to remember that just a little tilt there can create earthquakes out in the country and around the world,” Alexander said.

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