Intel Chiefs Challenge Trump’s National Security Claims

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray

(From ABC News)

America’s top intelligence officials on Tuesday appeared to challenge some of President Donald Trump’s most prominent claims about global national security issues, warning lawmakers that ISIS is still a serious threat to U.S. interests around the world, acknowledging that Iran has — at least temporarily — abandoned its efforts to build nuclear weapons, and insisting that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” its own nuclear arsenal.

The testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee coincided with the release of the U.S. intelligence community’s latest “worldwide threat assessment,” which noted that even “some U.S. allies and partners are seeking greater independence from Washington in response to their perceptions of changing US policies on security and trade.”

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