AT A REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE HEARING CONTRADICTING PRESIDENT TRUMP
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The United States’ Intelligence Committee and its leaders, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspell, and Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, aired their views on the nation’s intelligence landscape, in an official testimony in front of the GOP-controlled Senate. Evidently, their findings are at odds with President Trump’s foreign policy statements.
Consequently, speculations have been rife as “inevitable,” with the recent departure of White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly and James Mattis, Defense Secretary.
Coats is now regarded as one of the few remaining Trump appointees. Coats, as it has been observed by others serving in the U.S. intelligence community, appears “willing to publicly diverge from President Trump.”
Lisa Monaco, former assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counter terrorism, stated firmly how the intelligence chiefs “gave their unvarnished assessment of the global
threats we face,” at the same very recent Senate hearing.
Monaco continued to comment: “And we are fortunate that they did.”
“For the president to reject and belittle the views of his own intelligence leaders makes us less safe and does a profound disservice to the women and men who work every day to keep
us safe and speak truth to power,” added Monaco in her own observation.
More statements came unabashed from other intelligence officials, still in reference to the aforementioned intelligence chiefs.
The intelligence committee’s latest threat was released as their chiefs testified before Congress: It stood in contrast to the president’s foreign policy remarks. Their assessment
found that ISIS remains a threat; that North Korea is “unlikely to denuclearize; that Iran is complying with the Obama era nuclear deal, when Trump, the 45th president, withdrew the U.S.
from the same participation in 2018.”
Experts and lawmakers underscored how President Trump’s policy decisions haven’t been “fully in line with intelligence findings and that it would be out of character for the intelligence
chiefs to publicly admonish the president over policy decisions.”
It will be recalled how Trump appointed Haspel and Coats, both highly respected in the intelligence community.
The well-heard statements from President Trump came in a series of tweets, considered a “mockery of the top agency officials,” after their Senate hearing.
Trump was largely quoted saying that the very same agency officials “should go back to school.”
Fortifying what he described, Trump further stated in a tweet: “I disagree with certain things that they said. I think I’m right.”
Shortly after that meeting with Haspel and Coats, Trump continued to tweet how the same officials related to him that the media “mischaracterized their testimony.”
A query followed from Trump: “Another case of fake news?”
Both officials, Haspel of the CIA, and Coats, the director of National Intelligence have remained silent about the Trump comment on characterizing their statements as “fake news.”
What remains significant is how, regardless of Trump’s take, lawmakers from both parties have strongly stated how they’re “prepared to take on the president, when it comes to his foreign policy.”
More on the North Korea subject as delineated by the aforesaid intelligence chiefs.
The above chiefs’ assessments of global threats concluded that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, whereas Iran is not at the present
time pursuing a bomb –findings at odds with President Trump’s foreign policy statements.
Therefore, as the two intelligence officials’ findings made their report(s) expressed in a report to the Senate, reportedly, the vote from the same body was 68-23 to progress with an
an amendment that “warns the president against his decision to pull forces from Syria and Afghanistan.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D. NY) called for the intelligence leaders to “stage an intervention with President Trump, by way of a letter to Coats that the president
is “putting you and your colleagues in an untenable position and hurting the national interest in the process.”
President Trump has been known to have butted heads with the intelligence community since he took office. Trump’s comments have triggered such an impact as having derided the
influence of Russia’s election that Moscow had “successfully meddled in the November 2016 election.”
Current and past intelligence professionals of the U.S., highly critical of Trump, likewise reacted strongly when the revocation of security clearances, i.e., one issued to former CIA Director John Brennan took place.
In the event both Haspel and Coats will turn in their resignation from their titles as intelligence heads, it will prove how Trump reacts and acts in what he has believed in: loyalty to
him. Indeed, the resignation of officials will be adequate proof that they observe “country first,” and living with their individual principles will serve as their own testimonials in their
devotion to duty, to the country they’ve been sworn to serve.