Current and former intelligence officials are claiming that sensitive intelligence is being withheld from President Trump by the intelligence community out of concerns that the president cannot be trusted with the information, which they fear could be compromised or leaked.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.
A White House official said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”
A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence said: “Any suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true.”
Intelligence officials have in the past not told a president or members of Congress about the ins and outs of how they ply their trade. At times, they have decided that secrecy is essential for protecting a source, and that all a president needs to know is what that source revealed and what the intelligence community thinks is important about it.
But in these previous cases in which information was withheld, the decision wasn’t motivated by a concern about a president’s trustworthiness or discretion, the current and former officials said.
WSJ went on to report that the current and former officials said the decision to avoid revealing sources and methods with Mr. Trump stems in large part from the president’s repeated expressions of admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his call during the presidential campaign for Russia to continue hacking the emails of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
That is the most stupid thing I have ever heard! Two points….
- How is respect and “admiration” for Vladimir Putin a bad or dangerous thing? While Barack Hussein, Songbird McCain, and John Scary were palling around with terrorists in Syria who were butchering innocent people, Putin was on the right side, fighting with Assad to kill the terrorists, who together with Hussein and company were intent upon deposing a secular leader who had protected the rights of Christians and Jews in his country for generations. Putin was on the right side. I respect and admire him for that. Barack Hussein was on the wrong side. ZERO respect for him and Songbird and Scary! By the way, the respect and admiration between President Trump and Vladimir Putin is mutual.
- Once upon a time, when, unlike today, Russia (USSR) REALLY was considered a dangerous threat, an American president by the name of Ronald Reagan befriended the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Like Trump and Putin, the respect and admiration between Reagan and Gorbachev was mutual, and together they changed the world for the better, forever, dismantling the Soviet totalitarian communist machine, liberating the countries of the eastern bloc, and ending the Cold War. Wasn’t that horrible?
As to not trusting President Trump because he jokingly suggested publicly that Russia continue hacking Hitlery, there has never been any proof, or even evidence of Russia hacking Hitlery. None. It is FAKE NEWS!