Dem lawmaker: Trump is ‘becoming a national security threat’

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday denounced President Trump after he attacked top intelligence leaders’ stance on Iran, saying that the president is becoming a “national security threat.”

“It is not normal for the president of the United States to disparage his intelligence experts or his military experts,” Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And yet that’s what the president does, day in and day out. He is becoming a national security threat himself.”

{mosads}”And I think we have got to step back and recognize that he spews out toxic information,” she continued. “He spews out lies and we’re not going to accept that. His intelligence community has now stated very clearly what the threats are, where we are succeeding, where we are not. [Trump] chooses not to recognize that.”

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the intelligence community’s annual assessment of global threats to the U.S.

The officials discussed issues such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and appeared to contradict past comments the president has made about Iran. Among other things, Coats said Iran isn’t currently working to make nuclear weapons, basing his remarks on an intelligence assessment. 

The officials also contradicted Trump in testifying that ISIS remains a threat to the United States despite Trump’s repeated comments that the caliphate has been defeated.

Trump blasted the analysis on Tuesday, tweeting that “the intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran.”

“They are wrong!” Trump said. “When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different.”  

“Be careful of Iran,” he added in a separate tweet. “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!

Speier has repeatedly criticized Trump throughout his presidency. She said earlier this month that Congress could move to impeach Trump if he exited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a decades-old military alliance. 

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