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Russian expert to be on WCPI radio
Dr. Mark N. Katz is a professor at George Mason University.
Can President Donald J. Trump be trusted with some of America’s most sensitive secrets?That’s a question that top officials in the U.S. intelligence community have to wrestle with as the Trump Administration takes control of the nation’s military and diplomatic machinery, one of the country’s foremost experts on Russia says in an exclusive interview on McMinnville public radio WCPI 91.3. Dr. Mark N. Katz, professor at George Mason University and a fellow of the prestigious Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center, described the already strained relationship between the American spymasters and Trump, who has tweeted disparaging and dismissive remarks about U.S. intelligence agencies.“If they don’t trust him they may pull their punches in what they feel they can tell him. Or maybe they will talk to other people they trust more, the vice president, the secretary of defense, or the secretary of state,” Katz told WCPI volunteer producer Bill Zechman in a one-on-one conversation. Earlier in the day, Katz parleyed with the editorial board of The Tennessean newspaper and later addressed a committee of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.Asked point-blank if the top intelligence officials would feel safe sharing national security secrets with the new president and possibly endangering key information assets, Katz replied, “They can’t risk it [if] they fear he would reveal it” to the Russians.