President Donald Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, calling them “extraordinarily passive and naive” concerning the “dangers of Iran” and pushing back on their assessments of the Islamic State and North Korea during a congressional hearing.
In tweets, Trump provided what amounted to a rebuttal of testimony on international threats offered to the Senate on Tuesday by a panel of prime officials from his administration.
Trump was most pointed in his pushback on the assessment of Iran. Throughout testimony, officials stated that Iran was not making an attempt to build a nuclear weapon and was in compliance with an settlement cast in the course of the Obama administration from which Trump subsequently withdrew america.
“The Intelligence individuals seem to be extremely passive and naive on the subject of the risks of Iran. They are mistaken!” Trump wrote. “They are testing Rockets (final week) and extra, and are coming very near the edge. There (sic) financial system is now crashing, which is the one thing holding them back. Watch out of Iran.”
Trump added: “Maybe Intelligence ought to go back to high school!”
In earlier tweets Wednesday, Trump claimed “large progress” in destroying the Islamic State and denuclearizing North Korea, looking for to counter less optimistic assessments by the intelligence officers.
Trump wrote that when he turned president, the Islamic State “was out of control in Syria & operating rampant.”
“Since then super progress made, especially over last 5 weeks,” Trump wrote. “Caliphate will quickly be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago.”
Through the Senate hearing, officials warned that the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS, was able to attacking the USA and painted a picture of a nonetheless-formidable terrorist organization. Trump had declared the group defeated and has stated he needs to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria consequently.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats noted that the terrorist group has suffered “vital leadership and territorial losses.” However it nonetheless instructions hundreds of fighters in Iraq and Syria, he stated, and maintains eight branches, has more than a dozen networks and attracts hundreds of supporters all over the world.
Coats was joined on the panel by CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and a number of other different administration officers.
In his tweets, Trump also sought to defend progress on North Korea forward of a deliberate second summit subsequent month with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.
Throughout Tuesday’s listening to, Coats stated that North Korea was “unlikely to utterly surrender its nuclear weapons and manufacturing capabilities,” which the nation’s leaders contemplate “important to the regime’s survival.”
“North Korea relationship is greatest it has ever been with U.S.,” Trump wrote Wednesday. “No testing, getting stays, hostages returned. Respectable probability of Denuclearization.”
“Time will tell what is going to occur with North…