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WashPost: Trump's Skepticism of Intel Exposes Blind Spot to Russia

WashPost: Trump's Skepticism of Intel Exposes Blind Spot to Russia
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By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:16 AM

President Donald Trump's continued refusal to accept conclusions that Russia interfered in U.S. democracy impairs a government sworn to protect a nation, given that its stewards must also protect themselves from the personal insecurities of the commander in chief, according to a story in The Washington Post.

The daily tension that ensues results in administration and intelligence officials pussyfooting around briefings with Trump to avoid enraging a president who equates anything Russia with an election victory he didn't win on his own, the Post reports.

"The president obviously feels … that the idea that he's been put into office by Vladi­mir Putin is pretty insulting," one senior administration told the Post.

Meanwhile, Trump's insecurities alienate an intelligence community he assails with frequency as well as global allies who have their own battlefronts against Russia president Vladimir Putin.

But the Trump administration presents itself as a tougher enforcer against Russia.

"Our approach is that we don't irritate Russia, we deter Russia," one senior administration official told the Post.

But that doesn't pass the smell test since Trump repeatedly scoffs at evidence of Russia's interference while accepting Putin's assertions that he did not interfere.

"What the president has to say is, 'We know the Russians did it, they know they did it, I know they did it, and we will not rest until we learn everything there is to know about how and do everything possible to prevent it from happening again,'" former CIA and National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden told the Post.

Instead, intelligence officials are forced to structure their presidential daily briefings (PDB) and presentations in such a way that won't upset Trump, including burying some intelligence in written briefings only, the Post reported.

"If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference — that takes the PDB off the rails," one former senior U.S. intelligence official told the Post.

The Post interviewed more than 50 current and former U.S. officials.

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