Trump: 'Time will prove' I am right in fight with intel chiefs

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE on Thursday declined to offer a vote of confidence to his intelligence chiefs, who recently gave testimony at odds with his views on global threats.

“I disagree with certain things that they said,” Trump said when asked if he has confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet America's divide widens: Ignore it no longer Trump gives Grenell his Cabinet chair after he steps down MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspel.

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“I think I’m right,” he added. “Time will prove me right, probably.”

The comments show the president’s frustration with his top intelligence officials amid intense media coverage of a congressional hearing earlier this week in which they said North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran is complying with the Obama-era nuclear deal and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) still poses a grave threat.

Trump rejected their findings in a string of tweets on Wednesday, writing “perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”

The president on Thursday defended his decision to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran because “Iran is a great threat,” said “a tremendous amount of good things are happening” in Syria amid his decision to withdraw U.S. troops and touted North Korea’s decision to halt missile testing.

Trump chalked up his criticism to a disagreement over policy and not personal animus toward intelligence leaders, saying that he has “great respect for a lot of people, but I don’t always agree with everybody.”

Republicans in Congress have nonetheless expressed alarm with Trump’s spats with his military and intelligence advisers.

The GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday is set to vote on an amendment saying troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan pose a security risk to the U.S. in part because ISIS and al Qaeda pose a “continuing threat to the homeland and our allies”

Updated at 2:03 p.m.