Top Dem blasts Trump: Officials 'risk' lives for intelligence he tosses aside

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE for “tossing aside” the material that career officials risk their lives to gather. 

“The President has a dangerous habit of undermining the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality,” Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Hillicon Valley: Trump unveils initiatives to boost 5G | What to know about the Assange case | Pelosi warns tech of 'new era' in regulation | Dem eyes online hate speech bill MORE (D-Va.) tweeted on Wednesday. “People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter.”

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Trump earlier Wednesday characterized intelligence officials as “extremely passive and naive” on threats posed by Iran after top officials appeared to break with him in high-profile congressional testimony.

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsJordan, Meadows press intelligence chief on House Intel Russia probe transcripts Overnight Energy: John Kerry hits Trump over climate change at hearing | Defends Ocasio-Cortez from GOP attacks | Dems grill EPA chief over auto emissions rollback plan Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill MORE and other top intelligence officials testified before Warner’s committee on Tuesday that a new U.S. assessment does not show Iran to be pursuing new nuclear weapons capabilities.

The testimony was out of step with Trump’s own pronouncements of the threat posed by Tehran. Trump cited Iran's nuclear ambitions as part of his reasoning for withdrawing the U.S. from a landmark nuclear pact with Tehran negotiated under the Obama administration. 

“We continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” the assessment concluded. 

The developments have appeared to open up a chasm between the president and his top intelligence officials.

“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump tweeted Wednesday. The president claimed Iran has behaved differently since he withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear accord with Iran but insisted it remains “a source of potential danger and conflict.”

“They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran,” Trump continued. “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"