Schumer: Trump 'really dumb' for attacking intelligence agencies

New Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

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Trump said Tuesday evening that an intelligence briefing on Russia’s cyber activities “was delayed until Friday" and suggested that intelligence agencies weren't prepared. NBC News reported, however, that the briefing was always planned for Friday.

"The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" the president-elect wrote on Twitter.

Intelligence officials have reportedly determined that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump win the White House. President Obama has ordered a full report on the issue, and last week he put in place new sanctions against Russian intelligence organizations and individuals, in addition to expelling 35 Russian officials from the country and closing two stateside facilities used by the Russians for intelligence purposes. 

Trump’s transition team responded to the initial reports about the CIA's findings by drawing comparisons to its intelligence about supposed weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. 

Schumer said that as he understands, intelligence officials are "very upset with how [Trump] has treated them and talked about them."