Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged U.S. intelligence community officials to stage an intervention with President Donald Trump and educate him about the facts about their latest national security assessments.
Schumer’s comments came in a Wednesday night tweet. He wrote: “It’s past time for U.S. Intelligence Community leaders to stage an intervention with @realDonaldTrump.”
Attached to the tweet was a copy of a letter Schumer had written to Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence.
Schumer wrote: “President Trump’s criticism of the testimony you and other intelligence leaders provided to Congress was extraordinarily inappropriate and will undermine public confidence in the U.S. government’s effort to protect our national security and preserve U.S.
“I applaud you and your colleagues in the Intelligence Community for being clear-eyed about the threats we face, but you cannot allow the President’s ill-advised and unwarranted comments to stand.”
In the letter, Schumer urged Coats and others “to insist on an immediate meeting with the President to educate him about the facts and raw intelligence underlying the Intelligence Community assessments.”
Trump had lashed out at his intelligence chiefs on Wednesday after they told Congress that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and that the Iran nuclear deal is working.
"Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" Trump tweeted.
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