Is the government attempting to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency? CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd seems to think so.
In an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Thursday, Mudd stated that the government “is going to kill this guy.” Mudd believes that government officials are attempting to damage the Trump administration because the president is agitating them. While Mudd was not literally stating that these officials are threatening the life of the president, their actions are clearly dangerous.
Phil Mudd served as the FBI’s deputy director under Robert Mueller. He cites Trump’s soft stance on Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of the reasons why individuals in the government are taking action against the administration. He said,
“He defends Vladimir Putin. There are State Department and CIA officers coming home, and at Langley and Foggy Bottom, CIA and State, they’re saying, ‘This is how you defend us?’”
Mudd also referenced the president’s recent declaration that the military would ban transgender soldiers from serving in the armed forces. According to the former deputy director, this is yet another reason for the hostility against the president,
“We saw the same thing in his transgender comments. What is the military saying to him on transgender? ‘Show us the policy.’ You know what that means inside government? ‘Ain’t going to happen,'”
One indication of the growing anti-Trump sentiment in the government is the July raid on the home of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. Manafort has close ties to the Kremlin and it is possible that he has engaged in shady practices with the Russian government. After five months, Trump fired Manafort. Mudd said,
“What did the Department of Justice say on Paul Manafort? ‘You can say what you want, a judge told us we had cause to search his home early in the morning because we don’t trust the guy who was your campaign manager.’ The government is going to kill this guy because he doesn’t support them.”
While the actions taken against Manafort might be an indication of government officials turning on the president, there are other concerns as well. Officials serving in the executive branch have been giving sensitive and classified information to the press — regardless of the fact that these types of leaks are considered a crime. Since Trump took office, the White House has experienced an alarming number of leaks. Many believe that the “Deep State” is behind these leaks.
Recently, a transcript of the president’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was given to The Washington Post. Previously, unknown officials had only told the press about the conversations — apparently, that wasn’t enough.
The number of leaks are increasing and it seems there are government officials turning on the president. Do you think there are insiders in the administration who are trying to take President Trump down?
Many believe that the leaks are coming from officials in the Trump administration who had previously served under former President Barack Obama. It is believed that these holdovers are more loyal to the previous administration than the current one. By leaking this information, they seek to discredit the president and impede his agenda.
If there is a group of government officials who are working to undermine the presidency, Americans of all political persuasions should be alarmed. Officials serving in the intelligence community, Justice Department, and other areas of the executive branch should not be allowed to work against our country’s leadership. Hopefully, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make good on his promise to root out the leakers so that the Trump administration can do its job.