Ex-Trump aide says the president is like a gossipy female who can't keep a secret

  • President Donald Trump has a lot of trouble keeping certain secrets and is basically a "yenta," a Yiddish word for a female who is a gossip, according to one of his former 2016 campaign aides. 
  • Trump was criticized on Friday after boasting about a jobs report in a tweet before its official release.
  • Trump's propensity for boasting has some worried he's not capable of protecting vital information in his role as president, including classified intelligence linked to national security.

President Donald Trump has a lot of trouble keeping certain secrets, according to one of his former 2016 campaign aides. 

"He’s good at keeping secrets that involve him," Sam Nunberg told Politico. "On the other hand, the guy’s a f---ing yenta," which is the Yiddish word for a female who is a gossiper.

This comes after Trump was criticized on Friday for boasting about a jobs report in a tweet before its official release, breaking presidential protocol and possibly violating a federal directive. 

The president has long been known for being decidedly braggadocious, often reminding people of his wealth or proudly stating things such as, "I have the best words." But Trump's loose lips have some worried he's not capable of protecting vital information in his role as president, including classified intelligence linked to national security.

Trump came under fire roughly a year ago when he reportedly offered classified Israeli intelligence about a counterterrorism operation in Syria to two Russian diplomats during an Oval Office meeting. More recently, when the president attended a private fundraiser, he allegedly bragged about a classified battle between US forces and Russian mercenaries in eastern Syria, even as the White House worked to keep details of the clash a secret. 

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Director, Joint Staff, U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., shows a damage assessment image of the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons bunker as he briefs the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on April 14. 2018.

The Pentagon said Saturday that a joint U.S.-British-French operation against Syria's regime had 'successfully hit every target,' countering assertions from Russia that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

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This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the damage assessment at the Him Shinsar chemical weapons storage site before (L) and after (R) following U.S., French and British forces launched strikes agains Syria on April 14, 2018.

President Donald Trump and his British and French allies on Saturday hailed their joint strikes in Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, warning Damascus that any repetition would be met with renewed firepower.

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This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the damage assessment at the Barzah research and development center before (L) and after (R) following U.S., French and British forces launched strikes agains Syria on April 14, 2018.

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This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense show the damage assessment at the Him Shinsar chemical weapons bunker before (L) and after (R) following U.S., French and British forces launched strikes agains Syria on April 14, 2018.

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Members of previous presidential administrations expressed concern to Politico about Trump's antics.

Ari Fleischer, who served as the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush and is a frequent Trump critic, told the outlet, "I’m very uncomfortable when the president wings it on matters that are sensitive or deal with intelligence."

Similarly, Ben LaBolt, a deputy spokesman from the Obama administration, said, "Trump’s premature announcements may be his way of showing off, but if you’re a service member in the middle of an operation, a shareholder that expects fair play in the market, or a diplomat trying to quietly close a deal, they’re dangerous and destructive."

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