Trump hits intel officials, suggests they ‘go back to school’

Trump hits intel officials, suggests they ‘go back to school’

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President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event, held on base in an aircraft hangar. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump blasted the intelligence community on Twitter Wednesday, one day after the administration’s top intel officials publicly contradicted the president on a myriad of issues.

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said that Iran was complying with the nuclear deal that Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year.

“We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” Coats told lawmakers.

The assessment was largely echoed by CIA Director Gina Haspel, who said Iran was still technically in compliance, but is debating moving away from it.

The 2015 deal was aimed at restricting Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The officials also countered the president’s claims on ISIS and North Korea.

While Trump has repeatedly touted ISIS’ defeat or near defeat, Coats said ISIS still has thousands of fighters and is intent on rebuilding, signs that the terror network still poses a threat.

Coats also said that North Korea is poised to continue its nuclear ambitions, despite Trump’s optimistic portrayal of talks with dictator Kim Jong Un and a blanket statement on Twitter last June declaring that the nation no longer poses a nuclear threat.

Wednesday is not the first time that daylight has emerged between the president and the intelligence community.

During a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland last July, Trump touted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that his nation did not interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, despite the intelligence community’s assessment to the contrary.

“I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump told reporters, referring to Russia’ being involved in the election. He would later walk back the  remark.

Trump also has repeatedly chastised former intelligence officials, revoking John Brennan’s security clearance last August in response to the former CIA director’s highly critical media appearances.

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