USA intelligence chief claims Russia, China will meddle in 2020 elections

USA intelligence chief claims Russia, China will meddle in 2020 elections

USA intelligence chief claims Russia, China will meddle in 2020 elections

In a series of posts the day after senior USA intelligence officials briefed Congress and directly contradicted some of Trump's rosier estimations, the president reasserted his own conclusions and trumpeted his accomplishments on critical national security matters.

USA president Donald Trump defended his policies on Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea in a string of tweets and went after his own intelligence community leaders calling them "naive" and "passive" on Iran, and suggesting they need to go back to school.

An angry Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" tweeted Trump on Wednesday. The militant group, he said, was "running rampant" when he became president, but there's since been "tremendous progress ... especially over the last five weeks".

In their annual report on security challenges to the country, the country's top spies also challenged Trump's claim that Tehran is actively seeking nuclear weapons, the justification Trump gave for withdrawing a year ago from a multilateral treaty on Iran.

Several national security officials told CNN that while they don't like the President's latest attacks on the intelligence community, they're not paying much notice.

President Donald Trump called out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for being "weak and passive" on Iran policy Thursday a day after the leading Democrat weighed in on Trump's criticism of his intelligence chiefs.

Trump past year pulled out of an worldwide nuclear deal with Iran put in place under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, saying Tehran was "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement, and re-imposed sanctions.

Trump's decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria, against the advice of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, led Mattis to resign in protest.

Trump said Wednesday morning that the "caliphate" would "soon be destroyed", a step back from his claim last month that the USA had already "won against ISIS". "Iran is a big threat, and I think I did the right thing when I terminated the ridiculous Iran deal", the president said.

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A few Republicans also joined Democrats on Wednesday to reintroduce a war powers resolution, which passed the Senate but not the House in December in the face of Trump's opposition, seeking to end any USA involvement in Yemen's civil war. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray were also there.

According to Coats, China and Russian Federation pose the greatest threats to the United States, though Iran and North Korea remain paramount concerns. "We have beaten them and we have beaten them badly".

The US has struggled with its policy toward the PMF, backing them in Iraq throughout the ISIS war as indispensable allies, but quickly labeling them enemies if they crossed into neighboring Syria to fight against ISIS there.

It then cuts to Coats telling Congress on Tuesday that "ISIS is intent on re-surging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria". In the meantime, US intelligence agencies are observing "activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization", Coats said, without giving details.

Trump has given the USA military about four months to withdraw the troops in Syria, backtracking from his abrupt order in December for a pullout within 30 days.

But he pointed out that negotiations with North Korea over ending its nuclear program are progressing well, and he has committed to meeting with Kim again at the end of February.

Senator Angus King wanted to know if the intelligence community would let the candidates know if there was an attempt by foreign powers to interfere in U.S. elections.

Leaders of the United States intelligence community told a Senate committee on January 29 that the Persian Gulf nation is "not now undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities", which Trump claimed is false.

"North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with US No testing, getting remains, hostages returned".

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