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 ShelbyBlack Caucus members lobby Biden to tap Shalanda Young for OMB head On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (R-Ala.) on Sunday said President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 CoatsHow President Biden can hit a home run Former Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security 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."