Donald Trump’s administration has an opportunity to demonstrate that it can’t simply ignore its own mistakes and then blame the victims.
Trump and his advisers are in an enviable position to demonstrate their contempt for the intelligence community, the American public, and the political system.
They are also in an extraordinary position to do so.
Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, told the House Intelligence Committee last week that he was aware that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
Flynn said he was acting in the best interests of the United States.
But the President has also been in a state of denial for months, telling the media that the investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, was a “witch hunt” and “fake news.”
The President has continued to insist that his administration was not aware of Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The White House is also continuing to defend Flynn, claiming he never did anything wrong.
This week, Trump has been trying to explain away a series of lies, including that he never lied to Pence about discussing sanctions with Kislyak.
But in reality, Trump did tell Pence that he had discussed sanctions with the ambassador.
It is possible that Trump and Flynn were unaware of Flynn lying to Pence, or that they did not know about it, but they did know he lied to the Vice President.
The most important lesson Trump can learn from this is that there are lessons for everyone in the world.
This includes the intelligence agencies and the American people.
If we fail to understand the President’s behavior, we will do the President and his team a disservice.
The president and his administration must be held to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and competence.