Multiple U.S. intelligence officials are breaking a two-year silence to warn of President Donald Trump’s “willful ignorance” and endangering the American people with his constant disregard for intelligence reports.
Several senior intelligence officials spoke with Time magazine in the latest battle in the ongoing war between Trump and the intelligence community.
“What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds,” Time reported. “Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.”
During one particular briefing on a key U.S. airbase on the Diego Garcia atoll in the Indian Ocean, Trump reportedly questioned briefers as to whether the people were nice and the beaches were good.
“Some of us wondered if he was thinking about our alliance with the Brits and the security issues in an important area where the Chinese have been increasingly active, or whether he was thinking like a real estate developer,” one official said.
In another briefing, Trump claimed that the countries of Nepal and Bhutan (while mispronouncing the names) were part of India.
“Three other officials worry about what one of them calls ‘precipitous troop withdrawals’ from Syria and Afghanistan and a peace deal with the Taliban that in time would leave the extremist Islamic group back in charge and wipe out the gains made in education, women’s rights and governance since the U.S. invaded the country more than 17 years ago,” Time added.
This is just the latest in a long line of instances that prove the President is reckless, ignorant, arrogant and dangerous. Never in our long history have we had a President so completely full of himself that he wouldn’t listen to our intelligence community.