President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that his high intelligence officers advised him their Senate testimony was “completely misquoted” — although it had aired reside on TV. Trump additionally insisted that these officers utilized the “pretend information” label to media studies that they’d contradicted key presidential warnings about world threats.
In reality, the president’s earlier assessments of varied overseas risks have been dramatically contradicted by leaders of the nation’s intelligence companies in public testimony Tuesday earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee. Regardless of what Trump has stated, officers testified that North Korea isn’t seemingly to surrender its nuclear weapons, that the Islamic State has not been defeated and that the Iran nuclear deal is working. Nationwide Intelligence Director Dan Coats additionally stated that U.S. nationwide safety is threatened by local weather change, whereas Trump thinks that world warming will not be actual. Not one of the officers stated there was a safety disaster on the Mexican border.
Now the president contends that was not their testimony. “They stated that they have been completely misquoted and … it was taken out of context. … They stated it was pretend information,” he stated Thursday. He inspired reporters to “name them.” (See the video clip above.)
When Trump was advised that the media “ran precisely” what was stated to Congress, he responded, “It didn’t shock me in any respect,” apparently referring to his pretend information remark.
The president later posted a tweet claiming the identical factor: that the press “mischaracterized” feedback by intelligence officers. He posted a photograph of himself assembly with officers and tweeted: “We’re very a lot in settlement on Iran, ISIS, North Korea, and many others. Their testimony was distorted.” He stated in one other tweet that they have been “all on the identical web page.”
The Senate testimony on Tuesday coincided with the discharge of the U.S. intelligence group’s newest worldwide risk evaluation, which detailed their disagreements with Trump’s world views.
On Wednesday, Trump had fired off a collection of offended tweets, calling the officers “extraordinarily passive and naive” and saying they need to “return to high school.”
Many individuals studying Trump’s Thursday tweets — together with former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub — have been surprised that the president would declare that testimony everybody might watch on TV was in some way distorted.
Watch the intelligence chiefs’ full testimony for your self: