According to sources close to the White House, President Donald Trump is fuming over intelligence reports that contradict his claim (without evidence) that there is an emergency at the Southern border.
As Trump continues to fight for his border wall funding, framing the immigration crisis as a national emergency was one of his last resorts, but reports from National Intelligence before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday further highlighted the differences in how he views the crisis and what reality actually is.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats has now testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirming that China and Russia are now trying to undermine the United States and are working toward the “shared goal of ‘taking advantage of rising doubts in some places about the liberal democratic model.'”
Coats also said that North Korea was “unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities,” which leaders consider “critical to the regime’s survival.” Trump thinks he has a great relationship with Kim Jong Un, but there is evidence to the contrary.
Of course, this was all enough to push Trump into attacking his intelligence team with his favorite propaganda tool…his Twitter account.
It’s likely that Trump was the most furious with this part hearing: “None of the officials said there is a security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where Trump has considered declaring a national emergency so that he can build a wall.”
They also told the world that Trump is wrong on the Middle East, China, Russia and North Korea. But in Trump’s world, undermining his border crisis fantasies is far worse, and cannot stand.