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Trump Publicly Breaks With His Top Intelligence Officials

He tweets his thoughts on ISIS, Iran, North Korea
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2019 9:23 AM CST
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hispanic pastors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump disagrees with his top security officials, and he made that publicly known on Wednesday. His morning tweets to that end followed the testimony given before Congress on Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel as part of what the AP reports is a yearly assessment of leading global threats. Politico reports they outlined three leading issues where the intelligence community and the president aren't aligned: They said ISIS hasn't lost all its ground in Iraq and Syria and is "intent on resurging"; that the Iran nuclear deal is working and that it is not pursuing a nuclear weapon; and that North Korea likely won't give up its nukes. Trump's retorts:

  • On ISIS, he tweeted, "When I became President, ISIS was out of control in Syria & running rampant. Since then tremendous progress made, especially over last 5 weeks. Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago. Negotiating are proceeding well in Afghanistan after 18 years of fighting ... Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never ending war. We will soon see if talks will be successful?"

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