Senate pushes back against President Trump’s disparaging tweets against intelligence chiefs

Senate pushes back against President Trump’s disparaging tweets against intelligence chiefs

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Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) at the Senate Republican Leadership News Conference, Tuesday January 29, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) at the Senate Republican Leadership News Conference, Tuesday January 29, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – Senators from both parties are pushing back against President Donald Trump after he reacted negatively to the Senate Intelligence briefing, Worldwide Threats Assessment 2019, by the heads of the six major intelligence agencies with a pair of disparaging tweets:

“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but….”

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….a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) told CNN’s Manu Raju, “I don’t know how many times you can say this but I prefer the president would stay off Twitter- particularly with regard to these important national security issues.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) penned a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, reading in part: “I believe it is incumbent on you, Director Wray and Director Haspel to insist on an immediate meeting with the President to educate him about the facts and raw intelligence underlying the Intelligence Community assessments, and to impress upon him how critically important it is for him to join you and the leadership of our intelligence community in speaking with a unified and accurate voice about national security threats.”
“He is putting you and your colleagues in an untenable position and hurting the national interest in the process,” Schumer added. “You must find a way to make that clear to him.”

 

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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