President Donald Trump's split with the U.S. intelligence community is making the nation's foreign allies nervous, The Washington Times reported.
"Our foreign partners are deeply alarmed and unsettled by what they're seeing in Washington," an unnamed senior GOP source on national security told the Times on Thursday.
"We feel like this could be just the tip of the iceberg, and that's what's making Republicans nervous behind closed doors," the source added. "In the past 24 hours, I've heard so many Republican operatives saying privately that, if this thing got to the level of high crimes and misdemeanor, there wouldn't be a lot of love lost if Trump had to go and be replaced by [Vice President Mike] Pence."
"From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action, a criminal act," Trump told reporters Wednesday, at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, per The Guardian. "It's been going on for a long time, before me, but now it's really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton."
Another of the Times' sources, a former senior official who retains ties with the intelligence community, said the president "has been hugely foolish" in "systematically, consciously and intentionally insulting everyone who can or should hold him accountable: his party, more broadly the Congress; reporters and more broadly the [press]; the director of the FBI; judges, and more broadly the courts; the CIA, and more broadly the intelligence community."
"I wouldn't for a second propose they're now out to get him, but there will be less and less benefit of the doubt given as time passes," he added. "And time is passing extraordinarily fast for him and his actions. His flawed judgment and his character flaws are collapsing in on him."
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