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Intelligence officers have been warned not to give President Donald Trump assessments that contradict his public comments. Multiple intelligence officers say that Trump often has trouble paying attention to or wholly disregards assessments from agents, at whom he lashes out if he disagrees with their findings. The report is the latest account of Trump's disregard for the intelligence community, which he often lambastes on Twitter.

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In the wake of President Donald Trump's renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security with what they say is a stubborn disregard for their assessments.

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called "willful ignorance" when presented with analyses generated by America's $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump's briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

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.

Don't know what could possibly go wrong, do you?

Obligatory, MAGA

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-03 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hey righties, tell me again how Trump has the best interests of the US in mind?

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-03 09:52 PM | Reply

Wow, dumbing down the intel briefings to agree to the stable geniuses world views developed in personal consultation with Sean Hannity.

The ego will end up doing irreparable harm to the US.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-04 07:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is no scenario in which U.S. national security benefits from a policy dynamic like this. We appear to have an American president who simply chooses not to believe what his own intelligence agencies tell him and discourages intelligence professionals from providing him with information that challenges his preconceived ideas.

What's more, all of this is entirely consistent with similar leaks from officials who are probably desperate for some kind of rescue. The Washington Post reported two months ago, for example, that U.S. intelligence analysts "frequently see troubling gaps between the president's public statements and the facts laid out for him in daily briefings on world events."

The CIA and other agencies have devoted enormous "time, energy and resources" to ensuring that accurate intelligence is delivered to Trump, an official told the Post, but his imperviousness to such material often renders "all of that a waste."

Intelligence professionals keep going out of their way to accommodate Trump's unique limitations – they'd dumbed down the briefings, removed details, prioritized "eye-catching graphics," etc. – only to find an incurious president who doesn't want to listen.

All of which raises anew the question of how and why Trump draws his own conclusions about international security threats. If the president discounts his own country's findings, whose information is he relying on?

Steve Benen

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-04 10:04 AM | Reply

"Dilly, dilly" for King Trump!

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-04 10:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I mean, why would he need intel when he has Fox and Frauds?

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-04 10:16 AM | Reply

I would hope the IC doesn't give Trump any real intel. The Trump admin is full of Russian and Saudi moles.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-04 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dictator Trump.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-04 10:51 AM | Reply

To hear Trump tell it, nobody knows more about money, taxes, energy, campaign finance, healthcare, construction, yada yada. In reality he's mostly the world's foremost exponent of confirmation bias.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2019-02-04 11:02 AM | Reply

Remember when Republicans pretended to care about America and its national security?

I do.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2019-02-04 11:14 AM | Reply

JOE

Remember when Dick Cheney made that little jaunt to CIA headquarters to twist some intel arms to justify Bush's claim that Iraq had WMD.

I do.

We all know how that ended up, don't we?

This Trump gambit sounds like de-ja-vu all over again only this time it's war with Iran.

Another Republican War President, another disaster in the making and another trillion in debt.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-04 12:11 PM | Reply

"Another Republican War President, another disaster in the making and another trillion in debt."

(Trump's penile implant is getting very expensive)

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-04 12:13 PM | Reply

Donald Trump is a Russian asset, and is rubbing it in America's face every day.

Hey, GOP, you built that and sold out your country for Russian money.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-02-04 12:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Must not upset the Orange Fuhrer. Fascism is here folks, compliments of mother Russia, the GOfP, the military industrial complex, and the low IQ (R)tards they voted for this traitor!

#14 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-04 12:38 PM | Reply

Must not upset the Orange Fuhrer. Fascism is here folks, compliments of mother Russia, the GOfP, the military industrial complex, and the low IQ (R)tards they voted for this traitor!

#15 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-04 12:39 PM | Reply

"My mind is made up. Don't confuse me with facts."

Donald Trump

#16 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2019-02-04 12:50 PM | Reply

Intelligence Officials Warned Not to Give Trump Contradictory Info

Or what?

Intel should provide facts and informed opinions. It is up to the POTUS to use that information appropriately.

#17 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-02-04 01:08 PM | Reply

No trump cult members willing to show up on this thread? Not even for a clinton deflection or a whatabout obama?

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 01:17 PM | Reply

#18 was just about to post the same thought.

I wish I was surprised, but righties have proven themselves to be America hating cowards these past two years.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-04 01:23 PM | Reply

This might provide some context.

thehill.com

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-04 01:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This might provide some context.

thehill.com

#20 | Posted by JeffJ

You're jumping onto the "deep state" conspiracy train jeff?

If the president is a russian asset and the intelligence community knows it - what is the proper response for them?

Obey his orders, which are actually the orders of an enemy trying to destroy the country they are sworn to defend?

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 01:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

I'm not jumping on any train, Speaks.

I thought she wrote a balanced piece.

I thought she raised a lot of legitimate points.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-04 01:49 PM | Reply

I thought she raised a lot of legitimate points.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ

And if the intelligence community does have reason to believe that their boss is a russian assent, what should their response be?

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 02:20 PM | Reply

Speaks,

Their actions may well be legitimate. They also may not be - hence the link I provided.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-04 04:20 PM | Reply

Speaks,

Their actions may well be legitimate. They also may not be - hence the link I provided.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ

That still doesn't answer my question. I genuinely want to hear what you think the course of action should be for people in the military or intelligence community who see evidence that the commander in chief - their boss - is a foreign agent.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 05:25 PM | Reply

The answer?

Blow the whistle.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-04 06:03 PM | Reply

The answer?

Blow the whistle.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ

To who?

Congress?

What if congress is full of spineless traitors so grateful for billionaires tax cuts that they dont want to know if the president is a foreign agent?

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 06:12 PM | Reply

I'd start with congress. If that doesn't go anywhere then I'd go to the media.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-04 06:16 PM | Reply

JEFF

I think that's what they're trying to do. Since Trump is such a dunce, they're going public with their findings. Maybe it's just CYA, we don't really know.

As for blowing the whistle, that's not their job. If they found concrete evidence they'd have to turn it over to the DOJ.

As for Trump being a traitor, that's only in the court of public opinion. But legally, I think the U.S. has to be at war with someone before he can be convincted of giving aid and comfort to an enemy. Right now, there is no war and no enemy. All we have is adversaries.

All hope to rid ourselves of this dangerous psychopath is in the hands of Mr. Mueller and, by extension, the Attorney General. And maybe the House if they choose to go the impeachment route. However, they'll need evidence so horribly compelling that the Senate would have no choice but to convict. That's not likely to happen, either.

I still think Donnie Deal Maker will have to make the bigget deal of his life when it comes down to resign or watch his family get drug through the court system at the hands of Mr. Mueller. I think in the venacular, it's called . . . leverage!


#29 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-04 06:54 PM | Reply

I'd start with congress. If that doesn't go anywhere then I'd go to the media.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ

Congress has proven they don't care. At least when under republican control. And no way is 2/3 of the senate going to impeach him.

So leaking to the press is exactly what they've been doing. And the right attacks them as leakers and traitors instead of as patriots trying to defend the country.

Thank god we didn't get stuck with hillary though right?

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-04 06:57 PM | Reply

Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘------' And ‘Button' In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott
Obligatory: America's Very Stable Genius

#31 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-04 08:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Maybe we should start using a different filter when it comes to Trump, specifically the intel briefings.

First, it's a given that he's lazy, selfish, irrational, immature and intellectually incurious. That's normal brhavior for his calibre of non-leadership.

The different prism I'm talking about is that we should stop (right now) rationalizing his motives and agree that, in truth, Russia is Trump's client and everything he does is to promote and protect their goals . . . at any cost. A weak and unstable America, with the exception of our military power, is a huge benefit to Russia and an important element in their short and long range plans to force Eastern Europe back into Russia's fold.


#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-05 06:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#32 | Posted by Twinpac

That's it in a nutshell ...

#33 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-05 06:55 AM | Reply

We might also want to stop obsessing on the chaff that Trump throws out (the Wall ~ ain't never gonna happen) to divert our attention from what he's really doing behind the curtain of secrecy and deceit.

It's true (at the moment) Pelosi has him in a trap. But it's common for a rat to chew off his own leg to get out of that trap, or in Trump's case, start a war. We all know that Trump is in the process of manufacturing lies as justification. (just like George Bush/Dick Cheney did to invade Iraq).

I doubt we can trust McConnell to oppose a war with Iran. He and his Republican majority in the Senate are rats in same trap . . . and 2020 is just around the corner.

#34 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-02-05 07:03 AM | Reply

I'm not jumping on any train, Speaks.
I thought she wrote a balanced piece.
I thought she raised a lot of legitimate points.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ

Consider if you will how out of context almost everything in that article is. Only a couple pieces - lying to Congress specifically - are in context at all and frankly they should have been more than called out on that. Look at things like the Obama withdrawal from Iraq - he did so because we were told to get out unless we would expose our servicemen and women to Iraqi law. And this same editorial writer would have flamed him if that had happened. Frankly if we refused and stayed anyhow what do you think would have happened? Then there are things like intel to stop the Bengahzi embassy attack are just speculation and hindsight to this day.

#35 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-02-05 09:23 AM | Reply

Two facts regarding our intelligence comunity is that they consistently exaggerate foreign threats and have invaded too many other countries without just cause. Those invasions have manufactured enemies unnecessarily.

#36 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-05 09:34 AM | Reply

There is nothing more dangerous than an ignorant person who thinks he's genius in a position of power.

#37 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-05 03:01 PM | Reply

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