Maxine Waters blasts Trump comments on intel chief: ‘Past time for impeachment
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted President Trump on Thursday after he attacked his intelligence officials following their testimonies before a congressional committee, saying it was “past time for impeachment!”
Waters, a frequent critic of the president who often calls for his ouster, took to Twitter to ask when Americans would “wake up” to Trump’s lies.
When are the people of this country going to wake up to the fact that this president is a disgusting liar, documented to have lied over 8,000 times in 2 yrs? Add to that his recent, blatant lies on our nation’s intel chiefs’ testimony in the US Senate. Past time for impeachment!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 31, 2019
The California Democrat appears to be referring to analysis by The Washington Post’s fact-checking team that found that Trump has made 8,158 false or misleading claims during his first two years in office.
Waters has emerged as a fiery opponent of Trump and the president has hit back, calling her a “very low IQ individual.”
Her criticism comes after Trump claimed his top intelligence leaders were “wrong” about their assessment on Iran’s nuclear developments.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that 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 on Wednesday, writing on Twitter that the intelligence community was “passive and naive” and they should “go back to school!”
He later claimed on Thursday the group is “very much in agreement on Iran, ISIS, North Korea, etc,” and the apparent rift was taken out of context by the press.
“Just concluded a great meeting with my Intel team in the Oval Office who told me that what they said on Tuesday at the Senate Hearing was mischaracterized by the media,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“A false narrative is so bad for our Country,” he added. “I value our intelligence community. Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!”
….I would suggest you read the COMPLETE testimony from Tuesday. A false narrative is so bad for our Country. I value our intelligence community. Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019