The President reopened the White House discord with the intelligence community in a series of heated Tweets Wednesday
President Trump came out against the US intelligence chiefs Wednesday after they told Congress that NKorea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and that the Iran nuclear deal is working.
“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” President Trump tweeted.
Democratic lawmakers serving on Congress’ intelligence committees accused President Trump of undermining US intelligence professionals.
At a hearing Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said intelligence information does not support the idea that NKorean leader Kim Jong Un will eliminate his nuclear weapons.
Wednesday, President Trump insisted that the US relationship with NKorea “is the best it has ever been.” He pointed to a halt in nuclear and missile tests by NKorea, the return of some US service members’ remains and the release of detained Americans as signs of progress.
Chairman Kim committed to denuclearization after meeting with President Trump last year. A 2nd Trump-Kim meeting is expected in February.
The US intelligence agencies also said Iran continues to work with other parties to the nuclear deal it reached with the US and other world powers. In doing so, they said, it has at least temporarily lessened the nuclear threat.
In May 2018, Trump withdrew the US from that accord, which he called a terrible deal that would not stop Iran from going nuclear.
“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran,” President Trump tweeted. “They are wrong!”
President Trump receives regular intelligence briefings from his trusted staff.
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