Trump trashes U.S. intel community: ‘I won’t use them’
On the day of his first briefing, Trump denounced the U.S. intelligence community.
During an interview with Fox News, Trump was asked about his upcoming intelligence briefing and whether he does “trust intelligence.”
“Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. Look what’s happened over the last ten years. Look what’s happened over the years. It’s been catastrophic,” he said in response. “And in fact, I won’t use some of the people that are sort of your standards, you know, just use them, use them, use them. Very easy to use them, but I won’t use them because they’ve made such bad decisions.”
Trump did not make clear –and was not asked — whom he would rely on outside of official channels.
He then appeared to allude to the George W. Bush administration’s claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
“I mean, you look at Iraq, you look at the Middle East, it’s a total powder keg. If we would have never touched it it would have been a lot better, I mean, we would have been much better off. On top of which we spent probably $4 trillion. Nobody even knows what we’ve spent,” Trump said.