Schumer Enters Fray as Trump’s Clash with Intel Chiefs Heats Up

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with US President Donald Trump
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with US President Donald Trump

01 February, 2019

Trump's string of tweets came after the leaders of the top national intelligence agencies on Tuesday released their annual report on worldwide security threats.

Schumer said the president's attacks "will undermine the public confidence in the US government's efforts to protect our national security and preserve USA power and influence overseas", in a letter he wrote to Director of National intelligence Dan Coats.

At the Senate hearing, Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel said Iran was " compliance" with the nuclear deal, despite the United States withdrawal and the imposition of stricter sanctions against Tehran.

At the Senate hearing Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel said Iran was " compliance" with the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the USA withdrawal.

The intelligence officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the agreement.

Coats testified on Tuesday that "ISIS is intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria".

President of the Trump up of this assessment in the Senate intelligence Committee completely unimpressed.

"People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter", Sen.

Nine days before assuming the presidency, Trump accused the intelligence community of leaking false information, saying "that's something that Nazi Germany would have done".

In an interview with The Washington Times published Friday, Bolton said that it is when the US sees that denuclearization that the president can begin to take sanctions off.

The bill, titled the "United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act", lays out stricter conditions that would have to be met to justify a withdrawal, . something that could tip the balance of power in Northeast Asia.

The assessment appears to throw cold water on the U.S.'s stated aim of achieving North Korea's full and verifiable denuclearization.

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation on Tuesday urging USA troops to remain in Syria and Afghanistan.

Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticized the president for dismissing the assessment of his officials.

Having nuclear weapons is seen as "critical to regime survival", it reads.

Yet these days a gaping chasm between President Trump and the heads of his intelligence agencies has nearly become a new normal.

He doubled down on his comments in the Oval Office on Thursday. You look at North Korea.

The US president said his second meeting with Kim will likely be held late next month shortly after he was paid a visit by Kim's point man on the US, Kim Yong-chol.

Trump said Wednesday morning that the "caliphate" would "soon be destroyed", a step back from his claim last month that the U.S. had already "won against ISIS".

Kim Jong-un has strived to improve relations with South Korea in the past year, seeking a formal end to the Korean War, which ended with a truce in 1953. Since then tremendous progress made, especially over last 5 weeks.

The officials - which included director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel - said the nuclear threat from North Korea remained, and that Iran was not taking steps towards making a nuclear bomb.

Trump's most important ally in the Senate, majority leader Mitch McConnell, warned of a "premature withdrawal" of USA troops from Afghanistan and Syria.

Apart from presenting a different view of North Korea and denuclearization, the intelligence chiefs also refuted Trump's claim that the Islamic State has been defeated in Syria.

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