February 1, 2023

Frustrated intelligence officials just spilled the embarrassing beans about Trump’s briefings

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President Trump’s shameful attack on the intelligence community this morning in retaliation for the comments made to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel has been understandably met with widespread outrage.


Trump impugned the expertise and reputations of people who have far better understandings of the dire threats facing this country than he — a washed-up reality television star who can’t be bothered to read his briefings — could ever hope to.

The president’s Twitter tantrum was nothing more than a transparent attempt to penalize the intelligence officers for contradicting his lies on ISIS, Iran, and North Korea. Rather than admit to these lies (which he never does) or simply refuse to acknowledge them, Trump doubled down on his misinformation, insisting that he knows more than career intelligence professionals before insultingly adding that maybe they should “go back to school.”

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Trump’s tweets are dangerous not only because they strengthen our adversaries by undermining our intelligence agencies, but because they demonstrate that the president is completely untethered from reality. He is sworn to protect this country, but if he insists on fabricating threats for political purposes and ignoring legitimate national security risks, it’s impossible for him to keep us safe.

Now, NBC’s Ken Dilanian has added another disturbing wrinkle to the discourse. He reports that senior intelligence officers have confided in him that it’s “extremely difficult to convince Trump he is wrong about something.”

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Evidence has no effect on his opinions and he “believes what he believes.” In other words, the President of the United States, the man ostensibly responsible for running the entire world, prefers to live inside a make-believe world inside his own senile mind. He is a danger to this country and must be impeached.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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