'Go back to school': Trump lashes out at USA intelligence chiefs

Schumer urged Coats and other officials to "educate" Trump about the facts and raw intelligence underlying threat assessments so the administration can speak "with a unified and accurate voice about national security threats".

"We continue to assess that Iran is not now undertaking the key nuclear-weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device", Coats said in testimony accompanying the USA intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment.

On Jan. 18, Kim's deputy Kim Yong Chol led a delegation to Washington where he met Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The meeting resulted in a vague commitment by Kim to work toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. But progress has been limited. He pointed to a halt in nuclear and missile tests by NKorea, the return of some United States service members' remains and the release of detained Americans as signs of progress. "He quickly followed that up by adding, ".Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never ending war.

Speaking in the Oval Office, the president said he would soon announce the date and location of a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Coats' intelligence assessments singled out nearly every major foreign policy issue, playing up the threat posed by ISIS in Syria, dismissing North Korean denuclearization, and touting Russian Federation and China as big threats to the 2020 election.

FILE - CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019.

Meanwhile, Liasson said that the intel leaders' assessment regarding North Korea not being willing to give up its nuclear weapons was a "serious warning". In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so.

On Tuesday, top intelligence officials described a different Iran, one that is not now trying to make a nuclear bomb and appears to be complying with a 2015 agreement, even after Trump a year ago promised to withdraw from it.


And even Trump himself seemed to realize how bad this looked. It's why he's been demanding billions of dollars to build a border wall and why he has often sounded off on Iran's nuclear goals.

John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Trump should have trusted the intelligence leaders' judgment.

Trump "doesn't have the attention span or desire to hear what the intelligence community is telling him", Pelosi said. "So at the moment, technically they are in compliance, but we do see them debating amongst themselves as they've failed to realize the economic benefits they hoped for from the deal", she said.

Trump's comments on ISIS also compared progress against the terror group under his tenure favorably to the end of the Obama administration - at one point he claimed Wednesday that "ISIS was out of control in Syria" when he took over - though by the time Trump's presidency began, ISIS was already on the decline, with the U.S. declaring 75% of ISIS fighters killed by December 2016.

"I think we're doing so well on a foreign policy basis".

"The relations between Moscow and Beijing closer than in the past decades", said Coats.

But on Thursday, Trump claimed the intelligence chiefs had told him their remarks had been taken out of context, and he asserted that there was no distance between him and his advisers.

Without naming the president, Coats said in the report that some USA allies and partners are "seeking greater independence from Washington in response to their perceptions of changing US policies on security and trade" and are pursuing their own new partnerships.

The is is defeated, according to Trump's largely why the USA troops from Syria deducted.

  • Tracy Klein