Michael Goodwin: Donald Trump now has to battle CIA spies in Dems’ war against him

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It would be understandable if President Trump wakes up troubled these days by four words bouncing around his head: “Loose lips sink ships.”

Understandable — and advisable. The World War II warning against careless talk carries a personal meaning for the beleaguered president. ­Beset by a hostile media and a ruthless opposition party, Trump now must be careful about every word he says, privately and publicly.

The walls, including those in the White House, have ears.

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That was demonstrated in spades last week, most dramatically by the allegations from a CIA officerthat Trump used a phone call with the president of Ukraine to solicit foreign help in the 2020 campaign. That allegation and others led to a fiery congressional hearing and spurred Democrats to quicken their pace toward impeachment.

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A second instance of snooping made the “loose lips” point less sensationally but was still disturbing. Before he left the United Nations Thursday, Trump attended a private event to thank the new American ambassador, Kelly Craft, and her staff for their work during the General ­Assembly session.

Some privacy. The president said, “I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy.”

We know he said that and more ­because someone at the event, maybe more than one person, secretly ­recorded his remarks, both audio and video, and promptly leaked them to the media.

When it comes to brickbats, Trump is perhaps the most battle-tested occupant the Oval Office has ever known, yet the two incidents demonstrate that the war against him has entered a vicious new phase. Efforts to end his presidency, one way or another, have reached a fever pitch, and Trump would be foolish to assume they will fail. His margin for error is approximately zero.

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