Trump claims intel chiefs were misquoted in on-camera testimony

Trump claims intel chiefs were misquoted in on-camera testimony

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Trump tweeted a photo of him meeting with intelligence officials, whom he claimed told him they were misrepresented by the media. (Twitter: @realDonalTrump)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the top intelligence officials within his administration assured him that the media misrepresented on-camera testimony they delivered earlier this week.

“They said they were totally misquoted and taken out of context,” Trump told reporters from the Oval Office. “They said it was fake news.”

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel both contradicted a myriad of national security claims made by the president.

Coats and Haspel both said that Iran was complying with the nuclear deal that Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year, despite Trump’s rhetoric to the contrary.

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.

When asked about the testimony earlier in the day, Trump said he was disappointed, but believed he would be proven right in time.

Trump later suggested on Twitter that reporters should read the entirety of their testimony, but the officials clearly showed daylight between their assessments and the president’s.

On Wednesday, Trump scolded the officials on Twitter, claiming that they were “naive” on Iran and should go back to school.

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