Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Monday that President Donald Trump is the only president "for whom objective reality doesn't seem to be compelling."
Hayden, promoting his new book, "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies," told "CBS This Morning" that Trump "really didn't know anything about the (intelligence) community" when he entered the White House.
"The first time we had to meet him and discuss was over an issue that other people were using to challenge his legitimacy as president – the whole Russia thing," Hayden said. "We're existing comfortably/uncomfortably."
Co-host Alex Wagner then interjected that Trump still refers to the investigation into Russian election interference as a "witch hunt."
Hayden replied, "I know. And that's why I say comfortable/uncomfortable.
"Some days are good days, some days are bad days. But the core here, even in this co-existence, is the president's view towards truth and reality, and that's the point I try to make in the book. We've had presidents who disagree with us; we've had presidents who lie. We've not had presidents for whom objective reality doesn't seem to be compelling," Hayden said.
Co-host John Dickerson then noted that the intelligence community has previously released false information, such as an assessment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein.
"Look, John, I get it," the former CIA director said. "Hard work. But that's an argument about the truth; that's an argument about what constitutes objective reality. I'm saying over here, we have a trendline that seems to want to make decisions not on objective reality.
"Case in point: the Muslim ban. Remember, about a week out of the gate for the new administration, because why? Because we had an apocalyptic threat from Syrian refugees and an absolutely dystopian vetting system? No reality whatsoever," Hayden said.
"By the way, you don't see the intel community – even the ones currently in government – arguing for that. It was made based upon something else. Not an argument over objective reality."
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