Top Intel Officials Reveal How Stupid Trump Really Is: ‘There’s Extraordinary Frustration’
Donald Trump is very incompetent, according to U.S. Intelligence officials who have grown frustrated with the president over his lack of interest during their intel briefings that contain some of the world’s most closely guarded secrets.
According to The Washington Post, Trump continues to undermine his own intelligence agencies and their findings and makes public statements that shock the intel officials.
The CIA and other agencies devote enormous resources — and agents put their own lives at risk — to present accurate intelligence to Trump, although one official said the president’s inattention often makes “all of that a waste.”
“There is extraordinary frustration,” the U.S. intelligence official told the Post.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Trump doesn’t ignore the daily briefings, despite officials saying otherwise.
“The president receives regular briefings and takes counsel from his national security advisors, including the CIA director,” Sanders said in a statement. “Whether it was deciding to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, standing up to Iran’s malign activities, or a host of other actions, the president makes decisions based on a full spectrum of information.”
But U.S. officials who interact with the White House stood by their complaints, saying that Trump often contradicts his own intelligence agencies with his public statements.
Intel officials have grown frustrated with Trump’s relationship with dictators around the world and his defense of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the alleged killer of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
One official said CIA employees were deeply shaken while watching Trump’s behavior during a news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
“There was this gasp,” the official said. “You literally had people in panic mode watching it at Langley. On all floors. Just shock.”
“Either it doesn’t resonate or there is a lack of comprehension,” another U.S. official said. “You feel frustration and helplessness, in a way. What else can you do?”