It didn’t take long for Trump to react on social media to the assessments of US senior intelligence officials on North Korea, Isis, and Iran after they contradicted on security issues during the recent Senate hearing.
One day after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel presented their conclusions about possible threats to the US departing from several of Trump’s claims on the matter, the president dismissed their findings.
On January 30, Trump took to Twitter to respond to the annual briefing that didn’t match his views on the state of things regarding foreign threats, refusing to be told he is wrong by the intelligence community.
“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!
-Donald Trump, Twitter, January 30, 2019.
“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 a source of potential danger and conflict,” Trump claimed.
“They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There (sic) economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” he added.
Unlike the Head of State, who has assured that he had convinced North Korea to stop pursuing nuclear weapons, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they don’t believe Kim Jong-un is willing to completely denuclearize the country.
“North Korea will seek to retain its WMD capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.” Coats said.
CIA’s Gina Haspel insisted that North Korea is still committed to developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the United States.”
About the Iran Nuclear Deal, which Trump abandoned in May arguing that the middle-eastern country had not stopped trying to obtain nuclear weapons, Coats said the following:
“We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device.
Despite Trump’s claims of having “won against ISIS” and his decision to withdraw from Syria on December, Coats also said that the terrorist group still exists and it is “intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria.”
Considering Trump’s tweets, the president will continue to ignore the top intelligence chief of the country and return to his own idea of how to keep America safe: building a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump is not ready to give up his fight over funding for what Democrats have called his “vanity project,” and after temporarily agreeing to reopen the government he said he was prepared for another shutdown if he doesn’t get what he wants.
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