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Letter: Ignorance, incompetence, indifference, intent

Sanderson comments on the FBI's recent raid of former President Trump's Mar-A-Lago mansion.

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Recent reports that the federal government has recovered several boxes containing classified information in the possession of former President Trump suggest one or more of the following scenarios.

Trump was ignorant of the fact that classified information was included in the materials moved from the White House to his Florida estate. Ignorance of such a critical security breach reflects poorly on the ex-president.

Trump knew classified information had been improperly removed from the White House, but he didn’t know how or where to return it. He was incompetent when it came to correcting a major security violation. Incompetence doesn’t reflect well either.

Trump knew classified information had been improperly removed, but he didn’t care. He was indifferent to his own security failure and had no interest in dealing with his own breach of security protocols. Indifference reflects poorly, too.

Trump knew he had illegal possession of classified information, but he was intentionally holding that information for some possible future personal benefit.


George Sanderson lives in Moorhead.

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