Trump faces criticism after identifying alleged whistleblower
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump faced criticism from his own party to show restraint on Twitter during a burst of outrage on Sunday over the president uncovering the name of a man who was thought to be the whistleblower responsible for triggering his impeachment.
Criticism has been growing since Trump retweeted a blow that included the name of the reported CIA staffer involved in the Ukraine scandal. The act could violate the whistleblower’s legal anonymity under the law.
“If the president would tweet a little bit less, it wouldn’t cause brain damage. But the president does not have to take my advice, nor do I expect him to,” Republican Senator John Kennedy, an important ally of Trump told media sources.
The world is seeing 2019 end as Trump becomes the third president in US history to be impeached. This was done after the president pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden who was a rival in his 2020 reelection bid.
The historic reproach by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives due to abuse of office and obstruction of Congress is improbable to pass the Republic-controlled Senate in a trial set to begin in January.
Trump, however, who reports to be keen in celebrating his acquittal, seems to be frustrated over no date having been set for the trial during the partisan standoff over its rules.
The president’s Friday was spent hyping pro-Trump and anti-Democrat tweets from dubious Twitter accounts turning into a long rant against the impeachment process.
The provocative whistleblower retweet no longer appeared in the president’s timeline by Saturday morning though it was unclear who had actually removed it.
Political action group The Democratic Coalition tweeted Sunday that “while Trump has repeatedly backed efforts to unmask the whistleblower, his retweet marks the first time he has directly sent the alleged name to his 68 million followers.”