A Republican senator said Sunday that the disclosure of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will make it much harder for future presidents to do their job. Ron Johnson, the Senior US Senator from Wisconsin, told NBC’s Meet the Press that private conversations are important for diplomacy and now it’s going to be much harder to have them.
“You know it’s going to be very difficult for future presidents to have a candid conversation with a world leader because now we’ve set the precedent of leaking transcripts, the weakening of executive privilege is not good.”
— Ron Johnson (R-WI)
The meaning is obvious — any foreign leader talking to a US president now knows that there are Washington bureaucrats who are happy to reveal what was discussed.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Johnson is well aware of what it takes to carry out effective diplomacy. That’s probably what made him add:
“If the whistleblower’s goal is to improve President Trump’s relationship with Ukraine he utterly failed.”
Of course, it’s more likely the whistleblower’s real goal was to support the Democrat obsession with impeaching our president.
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