Donald Trump faces criticism for retweeting post naming alleged whistleblower

Donald Trump faces criticism for retweeting post naming alleged whistleblower

- President Donald Trump is being criticised for retweeting a post about the name of the alleged whistleblower whose complaint led to the president's impeachment

- Some persons who reacted to Trump's retweet faulted the president for the post

- Michael German, a former whistleblower, says there is a need for greater legal protection for whistleblowers following the ease with which the person's identity was spread online

US president, Donald Trump has faced harsh criticism for reportedly retweeting a post that included the name of the alleged whistleblower whose complaint led to the president's impeachment.

The BBC reported that Trump on Friday, December 27, retweeted the post from a user named @surfermom77, who described themselves as a "100% Trump supporter".

Donald Trump faces criticism for retweeting post naming alleged whistleblower

US President Donald Trump is reported to have retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the president's impeachment, credits: Aljazeera
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The US president was thought to have deleted the post on Saturday morning, December 28, as the post disappeared on many users’ feeds but later appeared after some time.

Some persons who reacted to Trump's retweet faulted the president for the post. One of such persons was Stephen Kohn, an expert in whistleblower protection laws, who told the Washington Post that the president was violating his duty to safeguard whistleblowers.

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"The paradox is that it was the president's duty to protect this person. It's inconceivable that he not only doesn't do it, but violates it," Kohn said.

Michael German, a former whistleblower, who left the FBI after reporting allegations of mismanagement, said there was a need for greater legal protection for whistleblowers 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 whistleblower,” he told the Associated Press.

In another news report, President Trump has 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 Friday, December 26 and also did a repost of it on his Instagram page.

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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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