Pelosi says Trump not paying heed to intelligence advisers

Pelosi says Trump not paying heed to intelligence advisers

Kerry Wise
February 1, 2019

Since ending the awful Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but.

He broke with decades of USA policy when he agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last June and has planned a second summit in February.

Vietnam said last week it had not been informed about any time or venue for a possible Trump-Kim summit, but that it was confident in its ability to host such a meeting.

President Trump is adamant that a few of the biggest threats to the USA are along our southern border, and in Iran.

He wrote: "The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran".

In announcing last May that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, Trump argued that remaining in the 2015 pact would lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. "No testing, getting remains, hostages returned".

The US intelligence officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, even though Tehran threatened to reverse some commitments after Mr Trump pulled the United States out of the deal.

The intelligence community "continues to assess that it is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities", Coats said, referring to weapons of mass destruction.

Trump later insisted on Twitter that the US relationship with North Korea "is the best it has ever been".

"Now a whole different story".

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"I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly", the president tweeted. "Progress being made - big difference!"

The information the officials presented in Congress was polar opposite to Mr Trump's views on both countries, with the President frequently stating North Korea was moving towards denuclearisation, while claiming Iran were building their nuclear arsenal.

It used to be that finding the tiniest gap between the statements of a political leader and his intelligence chiefs would make for front-page news.

President of the Trump up of this assessment in the Senate intelligence Committee completely unimpressed.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office, on January 31.

Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters that intelligence officials were "courageous" in speaking "truth to power" by publicly contradicting Trump in congressional testimony this week.

Thursday's report said Kim was satisfied with his envoy's meeting with Trump and spoke highly of the president for "expressing his unusual determination and will for the settlement of the issue with a great interest in the second summit". "Moscow may employ additional influence toolkits-such as spreading disinformation, conducting hack-and- leak operations, or manipulating data-in a more targeted fashion to influence U.S. policy, actions, and elections".

A split previously emerged between Coats and Trump over the summer when the DNI director was confronted on stage with the fact that the president had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C. Coats reacted with surprise and apparent distress. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

In response to questions from lawmakers, Coats said the administration has "eyes wide open" in its talks with the Pyongyang regime, and "we are fully engaged in providing the essential intelligence needed".