From the New York Times:
These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world.
Three weeks into the Trump administration, council staff members get up in the morning, read President Trump’s Twitter posts and struggle to make policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Mr. Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls. Some staff members have turned to encrypted communications to talk with their colleagues, after hearing that Mr. Trump’s top advisers are considering an “insider threat” program that could result in monitoring cellphones and emails for leaks.
Say or think what you will about spies, spying, and who’s watching who, the country can little afford to be unsure about its dealings with the outside world and the person who is supposed to be responsible for preserving and protecting us. It’s one thing to keep your political opponents guessing at what you’re doing; it’s entirely another when your own intelligence community can’t figure out what you’re doing.
But what if they don’t trust the president enough with secret information because they’re not sure he won’t blab about it on the phone or tweet about it, or that the president’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, won’t share it with the Russians? John R. Schindler, a former security analyst at the NSA, has concerns.
Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.
That the IC has ample grounds for concern is demonstrated by almost daily revelations of major problems inside the White House, a mere three weeks after the inauguration. The president has repeatedly gone out of his way to antagonize our spies, mocking them and demeaning their work, and Trump’s personal national security guru can’t seem to keep his story straight on vital issues.