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Trump lashed out at American intelligence leaders on Wednesday morning in a series of unhinged tweets, calling the heads of the CIA and national intelligence “extremely passive and naive” and saying they “should go back to school!”
The early morning rants were a reaction to a Tuesday hearing where CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, both leaders regularly contradicted remarks Trump has made over the past several years, showing Trump to be wildly uninformed — or just plain lying — about some of the biggest global security issues including North Korea, Iran, Russia, and ISIS.
North Korea “is committed to developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the United States,” Haspel said under oath. In the summer of 2018, Trump said the opposite, falsely claiming the country was no longer a nuclear threat.
The leaders said Iran is upholding its end of the multi-country nuclear agreement, despite Trump breaking America’s agreement with Iran because of fears it was not.
As for the fictional “border crisis” that has been Trump’s latest obsession, and his justification for demanding billions of dollars to build a wall, the leaders of U.S. intelligence had nothing to say about it.
“None of the officials said there is a security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where Trump has considered declaring a national emergency so that he can build a wall,” reports the Washington Post.
Trump’s fragile ego must not have been able to handle such humiliation, leading him to attack the very people who are sworn to protect this country.
“They are wrong!” he tweeted.
This is not the first time Trump has attacked the American intelligence community. In the summer of 2018, Trump stood on a global stage next to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and sided with Putin over his own intelligence community. At the time, even Fox News called Trump’s actions “disgusting.”
Trump’s disregard for the U.S. intelligence community is as shocking today as it was when he humiliated himself on stage with Putin. Trump’s reckless disregard for the women and men who work day and night to protect this country is an embarrassment, and leads one to question where Trump’s true loyalties lie.
Published with permission of The American Independent.