No shit. Yeah, a president can declassify whatever he wants, but there’s still a procedure that needs to be done, otherwise how the hell is anyone supposed to know what’s classified and what’s not? Until that procedure is complete, there is no declassification record, therefore no actual declassification as others cannot look at it and know that it is declassified.
This is all beyond stupid, and anyone who doesn’t immediately tell lies about any general declassification claim is a bloody asshole.
Insisting that a president can declassify anything and doesn’t need to follow procedure is like me going into a store and just grabbing stuff and walking out because I have enough money in my bank account to cover it. Sure, I have the power to buy those things, but unless I follow the procedure of waving a piece of plastic with a coded chip in a machine and scribbling on a touch screen, or whatever local protocol needs to be followed, those things they have not been purchased.
Trump didn’t declassify shit. He didn’t do it because he is lazy, incompetent, and resents having rules imposed on him. Literally all he would have had to do is hand the document to an aide and say “I want this declassified,” but he’s so fucking incompetent that he couldn’t even do that.