Just two days after July 4th, Donald Trump went full unpatriotic in a speech to the people of Poland.
Trump absolutely embarrassed the United States in Poland. He not only insulted Poland’s struggles during World War II, he disgustingly attacked the American press and undermined our own intelligence agencies.
After MSNBC White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson asked him to “definitively” admit that Russia interfered with the 2016 Election, as 17 intelligence agencies have previously confirmed, Trump proceeded to trash the intelligence community by questioning the accuracy of their findings.
I think it was Russia and I think it could have been a lot of people interfered. I said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it well could have been other countries, and I won’t be specific, but I think a lot of people interfere… Let me start off by saying I heard it was 17 agencies. I said boy, that’s a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies? Let’s check it. We did some heavy research. It turned out to be three or four, and many of your compatriots had to change their reporting and had to apologize and correct.”
Trump is clearly peddling fake news here because no news agency has issued such a correction. That’s because 17 intelligence agencies did, in fact, come to the consensus that Russia meddled with the election. That has not changed o matter how much Trump insists it did.
Trump’s lack of knowledge about the American intelligence apparatus is alarming, but his attack on the intelligence community is downright dangerous and plays into the hands of our enemies.
“For him to attack American institutions two days after the Fourth of July on foreign soil, the day before we meet America’s chief adversary, is nothing short of disgusting,” Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said on Thursday.
Indeed, Council of Foreign Relations president Richard Haas chimed in by pointing out how dangerous Trump’s attack is and why it threatens our national security.
We’re about to have a conversation with the world where we are likely to be saying, ‘Here’s what we know about North Korea,’ and this is going to be based on American intelligence We’re going to be trying to rally international support for whatever it is we do diplomatically or, conceivably, militarily based on American intelligence findings. It’s just an odd time to basically be saying, ‘You can’t believe the CIA, you can’t believe the U.S. intelligence community about Russia or about Iraq.’ This is an odd way to tee up international support.”
Here’s the video via Vid Me.
It’s one thing to question a single intelligence report, especially one that could lead to war, but we’re talking about 17 intelligence agencies agreeing that Russia interfered with our democratic institutions.
Trashing our intelligence community overseas is highly unpatriotic and undermines our ability to gather information and use that information to persuade our allies to support us. That’s not good and it perfectly demonstrates why Donald Trump should be impeached.
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