Transcript for Trump says his intel leaders ‘should go back to school’
Tonight, president trump is slamming his own intelligence chiefs, telling them to go back to school, calling them naive, after what they said about Iran, North Korea, Russia and ISIS. They study the intelligence and they contradicted the president in front of the American people. Here’s ABC’s senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega tonight. Reporter: President trump today launched a blistering attack on his own hand-picked intelligence leaders, tweeting, “Perhaps intelligence should go back to school.” It comes one day after they publically contradicted him again and again. On ISIS — We have won against ISIS. Reporter: The director of national intelligence said that is far from the case. ISIS is intent on E surging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria. Reporter: On North Korea, president trump says Kim Jong-un is willing to denuclearize. CIA chief Gina Haspel says hardly. The regime is committed to developed a nuclear long-range armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the united States. Reporter: And on the president’s repeated claim that Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapon? We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device. Reporter: Today, the president tweeting, “The intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong.” But the top Democrat on the senate intelligence committee sounded the alarm, calling the president’s words “Dangerous.” Adding, “People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside.” So, let’s get right to Cecilia Vega, live at the white house tonight. And we know president trump has repeatedly questioned the intelligence when it comes to Russian meddling in the election. He’s kept his own conversations with Vladimir Putin private. But tonight, you were taking note that the financial times is now reporting about another private conversation between the president and Putin, no American translator? Reporter: Yeah, David, the paper says this was a 15-minute meeting back when they were at the g-20 in November. Only two other people were present for that meeting. First lady Melania trump and Putin’s own translator. The white house is calling this an informal meeting, beyond that, they don’t have much more to say, but probably, David, because as you said, the paper, according to “The financial times,” says there were no other people in that room. Cecilia, thank you. We turn next now to images
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