GOP chairman: Trump should 'respect' opinions of intel leaders

GOP chairman: Trump should 'respect' opinions of intel leaders
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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyDemocrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Overnight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban On The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year MORE (R-Ala.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's public dispute with U.S. intelligence agency leaders is "troubling to all of us."

"We should respect them," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," referring to the intelligence community. "Most of the time they are pretty much on point."

Last week, intelligence leaders released a threat assessment that differed in several stark ways with Trump's assessment of threats including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, North Korea and Iran.


Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Former Trump officials including Fiona Hill helped prepare Biden for Putin summit: report Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspel also offered testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that seemed to contradict things the president has said on Iran.

Following the hearing, Trump called "the intelligence people ... extremely passive and naive" in a pair of tweets. "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" he added.

Trump later said the disagreement was "a false narrative."

"I value our intelligence community. Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!" he tweeted following an Oval Office meeting.

Shelby on Sunday expressed concern over the communication between Trump and his intel leaders.

"I think there's got to be real good communications between the president and the director of the CIA and the director of national intelligence," Shelby said on CNN.

"These are professional people. The president's briefed every day on it. He's not an intelligence officer. None of us are. But they — the people on the front lines, the people who analyze who gather and disseminate intelligence information to our higher-ups, we should respect them."