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Valerie Plame: Trump Thinks Intel Agencies 'Working Against Him'

CNN's "The Situation Room"

By    |   Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:42 PM

Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson said Thursday that President Donald Trump has "bought into this whole notion that there is this vast, deep state that is working against him."

"It's true that there have been many, many resignations throughout the administration in the intelligence world as well," Plame told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "They felt that they simply could not support whatever his chaotic policies are at the moment.

"It's undermines our national security. This is not good.

"Our friends and enemies alike know that we are in complete chaos, there is no strategy," Wilson added. "And this is not good.

"If there is not a fundamental trust between the intelligence community and the White House, then that's bad news."

Trump has repeatedly attacked the nation's intelligence community — likening their actions to those of Nazi Germany even before he took office in January.

Former DNI Director James Clapper and ex-CIA Director John Brennan openly challenged Trump's fitness for office, with Clapper telling CNN on Wednesday that "I really question his ability to be . . . in this office."

Wilson, 54, who has a GoFundMe page to raise funds to buy a controlling stake in Twitter to close Trump's account, left the CIA in 2005.

Two years earlier, she was the center of a storm after her identity as a covert operative was leaked by an official in the Bush 43 White House to try to discredit her husband, Joe Wilson, a former diplomat who criticized the president's decision to invade Iraq.

Wilson told Blitzer on Thursday that she agreed the assessments of Trump by Clapper and Brennan.

"Clapper was pretty direct in his words," she said. "He talked about Trump really not having the temperament, the stability, the wherewithal to be commander-in-chief — especially one that has one finger on Twitter and one finger on the nuclear codes.

"It's deadly serious."

Turning to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer with the hope of obtaining damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton, Wilson said the Kremlin's move was a "classic" strategy by its spy agencies.

"It was really strange that candidate Trump, even before he had the nomination, that so many within his organization . . . were reaching out to the Russians rather than really focusing on trying to make sure they had the nomination," she said.

"It is more than a coincidence.

"There was definitely a Russian campaign to try to find what we would call agents of influence," Wilson added. "I don't think the Russians could look into a crystal ball and see that Trump was going to win, but they figured, why not?

"Everything that we've read of how they approached and how they cultivated different contacts, this is classic KGB-FSB playbook."

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Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson said Thursday that President Donald Trump has "bought into this whole notion that there is this vast, deep state that is working against him."
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Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:42 PM
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