Well, Trump fought back:
President Trump pushed back on Wednesday against his intelligence chiefs’ national security assessments, saying that “the Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran,” and defended his own, more positive appraisals of the threats North Korea and the Islamic State pose to the United States.Like everything else in Trumpville, experts aren't experts and he's the only one who knows the truth.
“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
That's a dangerous situation.
A few reactions from a few democrats on a couple of congressional intelligence committees
From The Hill:
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday denounced President Trump after he attacked top intelligence leaders' stance on Iran, saying that the president is becoming a "national security threat."From The Washington Post:
“It is not normal for the president of the United States to disparage his intelligence experts or his military experts,” Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And yet that’s what the president does, day in and day out. He is becoming a national security threat himself.”
“It is a credit to our intelligence agencies that they continue to provide rigorous and realistic analyses of the threats we face,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. “It’s deeply dangerous that the White House isn’t listening.”When will the GOP finally denounce their leader?
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also weighed in.
“The President has a dangerous habit of undermining the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality,” Warner said in a tweet. “People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter.”