USA intelligence chief claims Russia, China will meddle in 2020 elections

Saul Bowman
February 1, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called President Donald Trump's criticism of USA intelligence leaders' security assessments a threat to the public's trust in national security in a letter to Trump's intelligence chiefs Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats spoke to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. The officials "told me that what they said on Tuesday at the Senate Hearing was mischaracterized by the media - and we are very much in agreement on Iran, ISIS, North Korea, etc.", Trump wrote.

For instance, Trump has said ISIS was all but defeated while announcing he meant to pull troops from Syria.

In his written testimony, however, Coats said: "We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key U.S. and worldwide concessions". "Since ending the awful Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict", Trump tweeted. Mr. Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promoted the facility as evidence that they were helping bring back manufacturing to middle America and the U.S.

Trump continued: "Be careful of Iran".

"Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" he said in a series of tweets.

While it is unusual for a president to pick a fight with his intelligence chiefs, this is not the first time for Trump. Late past year, the president refused to accept the CIA's assessment that there was strong evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the gruesome murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and declined to sanction the Saudis for the killing.

"And I worked for presidents that actually were interested in knowing what was going on and knew what the role of the intelligence community is and was".

Trump defended his decision to withdraw about 2,000 United States troops from Syria on grounds that IS no longer poses a threat, saying "we've beaten them". "They're headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step toward the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula but a brighter future for the North Korean (DPRK) people", Pompeo said.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office, on January 31.

Mark Warner of Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Senate's intelligence panel, also expressed displeasure with Trump's comments. "I think I'm right, but time will prove that", Trump responded when asked about his level of confidence in Haspel and Coats".

Trump is planning a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.

Coats and Haspel also said that, contra Trump's claims, North Korea is not on track to giving up its nuclear weapons and ISIS will likely "continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States".

The bill says. if the administration decides to reduce the number of US troops to below 22-thousand, . the secretary of defense must report to both the House and the Senate the expected impact on North Korea, .as well as the expected military and economic impacts on USA relations with both South Korea and Japan.

Douglas H. Wise, a career CIA official and former top deputy at the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Trump's criticism of the intelligence chiefs threatened to corrupt the process.

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