Trump’s Intel Chiefs Turn On Trump With Wild TIME Magazine Interview


More than once, the question of whether or not the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which allows Congress to impeach a president for not being mentally capable of doing his job has been asked. The latest report from Time magazine shows that the question has been answered for some time now.

Several intelligence officials spoke with reporters from Time magazine as a result of their fear of Trump’s utter refusal to accept facts and data that disagree with his own beliefs, citing numerous incidents in discussions on China, North Korea, and Iran.

Time magazine reports that:

‘Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.’

Intelligence briefing officials say that they are limited in what they are allowed to say to Trump in his daily briefings. Any actual evidence that proves Trump wrong on topics he’s discussed in public is prohibited. Intelligence officials are concerned that the effect on Trump’s foreign policy stances are harming the country.

‘What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.’

After Trump’s own appointed intelligence chiefs testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump is wrong on pulling the Iran Deal since they had not violated it, on North Korea and Kim Jong Un because the dictator does not appear to be interested in taking steps toward denuclearization, and on China because his trade deals do not address cybersecurity concerns, Trump openly criticized them. Later, he said that their statements had been mischaracterized by the media although their testimony was live-streamed to the country.

‘The intelligence officials criticizing Trump requested anonymity because the briefings they described, including the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, are classified. The PDB is one of the most highly restricted products produced by U.S. intelligence analysts. A select group of intelligence officials is involved in preparing these briefings. A small number of senior officials, often including the Director of Central Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence or the heads of other agencies depending on the topic, usually deliver it.’

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