- President Donald Trump is being criticised for retweeting a post that names of the alleged whistle-blower whose complaint led to his impeachment
- Trump faced a severe backlash from a multitude of corners over the privacy breach
- Michael German, a former whistle-blower, said there needs to be greater legal protection for whistle-blowers following the ease with which the person's identity was spread online
US President Donald Trump has faced harsh criticism for retweeting a post that included the name of the alleged whistle-blower whose complaint led to his impeachment.
The BBC reported that on Friday Trump retweeted the post from a user named @surfermom77, who described themselves as "100% Trump supporter".
The US president was thought to have deleted the post on Saturday morning when the post disappeared on many users’ feeds but the post later reappeared.
Some of those who reacted to Trump's retweet slammed the president for the post. Stephen Kohn, an expert in whistle-blower protection laws, told the Washington Post that the president was violating his duty to safeguard whistle-blowers.
"The paradox is that it was the president's duty to protect this person," Mr Kohn said. "It's inconceivable that he not only doesn't do it but violates it."
Michael German, a former whistle-blower who left the FBI after reporting allegations of mismanagement, said there was a need for greater legal protection for whistle-blowers following the ease with which the person's identity had been spread online.
"Completely inappropriate for the President of the United States to be engaged in any type of behaviour that could harm a whistle-blower,” he told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Trump shared a post that claimed he was heaven-sent to the country. The Independent UK reports that the post shared by Trump also claimed that his predecessor, Barack Obama, 'kicked Jesus out' of the country.
According to the report, Trump shared the post on his personal Twitter handle on 26 December.
The post, which was from January 2018, had a picture of a man who appears to be Jesus Christ and a caption saying: “Obama kicked me out. Trump invited me back.”
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