Not long after President Trump said the nation’s intelligence chiefs were “ignorant” about Iran and maybe ought to “go back to school,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended that it was the president who needed tutoring.
Schumer, D-N.Y., contacted Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, to stage an intervention with Trump after the president took the unusual move Wednesday of criticizing Coats, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray after their Tuesday appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
” President Trump’s criticism of the statement you and other intelligence leaders supplied to Congress yesterday was extraordinarily unsuitable,” Schumer wrote to Coats, adding later on that “I think it is incumbent on you, Director Wray and Director Haspel … to impress upon him how seriously essential it is for him to join you and the management of our Intelligence Neighborhood in speaking to a combined and accurate voice about national security dangers.”
The intelligence chiefs had informed the Senate panel that North Korea was unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal which the Iran nuclear deal was working– assessments that drew actions from the president through Twitter.
Trump insisted that the U.S. relationship with North Korea “is the very best it has actually ever been,” and indicated a stop in nuclear and missile tests by North Korea, the return of some U.S. service members’ remains and the release of detained Americans as signs of progress. A second Trump-Kim meeting is anticipated in February.
The U.S. intelligence firms likewise stated Iran continues to deal with other celebrations to the nuclear deal it reached with the U.S. and other world powers. In doing so, they said, it has at least briefly lessened the nuclear threat. In May 2018, Trump withdrew the U.S. from that Obama-era accord, which he called an awful deal that would not stop Iran from going nuclear.
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Schumer’s letter to Coats basically echoed what numerous Democrats stated in the aftermath of Trump’s tweets.
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Sen. Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate’s intelligence panel, said in a tweet that, “The President has a hazardous routine of weakening the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality. People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter.”