Trump slams intel chiefs over Iran assessment

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with US President Donald Trump

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc with US President Donald Trump

Their assessments also broke with other assertions by Mr Trump, including on the threat posed by Russian Federation to U.S. elections, the threat Islamic State posed in Syria and North Korea's commitment to denuclearise. He previously worked in the Canberra press gallery and recently finished a Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in NY.

Trump shot back on Twitter, calling his intelligence directors "extremely passive and naive" for downplaying the threat posed by Iran, claiming that the relationship between North Korea and the U.S.is the "best it has ever been", and promising that ISIS "will soon be destroyed". "They are wrong!" he tweeted. "When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond". Since ending the bad Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but.

Trump said the only thing holding Iran back is its "crashing" economy. He contended Iran was still testing "Rockets" and, added, "Be careful of Iran".

President Trump on Thursday said he "disagreed" with his top intelligence officials after they contradicted several of his foreign policy positions - and predicted he would "probably" be proven right.

The president also mentioned the negotiations between USA officials and the Taliban to potentially end the war in Afghanistan.

In an interview with The Washington Times published Friday, Bolton said that it is when the US sees that denuclearization that the president can begin to take sanctions off. Intelligence officials did offer scenarios in which Iran could back away from a 2015 nuclear agreement during Senate Intelligence Committee testimony Tuesday.

The report challenged many false talking points frequently made by the president, who is known to not read his regular intelligence briefings, preferring to receive important information from Fox News, his favorite cable news network.

Trump unilaterally withdrew the USA from the pact, which gave Iran billions of dollars in sanction relief in exchange for accepting limits on its nuclear activities. "It would be reckless we think to abandon this commitment on the basis of paper promises from the North Koreans while they continue to threaten the region with both nuclear and conventional weapons".

Although he acknowledged that "we do not believe Iran is now undertaking the key activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device", he admitted that the country "publicly threatened to push the boundaries" of the nuclear agreement unless they could personally derive benefits from it.

Coats' remarks were made as he released the intelligence community's 2019 worldwide threat assessment and appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the heads of key intelligence agencies.

CIA Director Gina Haspel said ISIS is "still dangerous" and that it commands "thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria".

Mr. Trump also boasted about the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, being almost wiped out, compared to the previous administration. The Democratic-led House overwhelming passed legislation last week reaffirming USA support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, another target of Trump criticism.

And he asserted that cutting the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan would help bring America's longest war to an end.

Trump has given the United States military about four months to withdraw the troops in Syria, backtracking from his abrupt order in December for a pullout within 30 days.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Wednesday he was dispatching a team to prepare for the summit to be held somewhere in Asia in late February.

"We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key United States and global concessions", Coats said in the "Worldwide Threat Assessment" report. Coats said likewise that they had observed activity "inconsistent with full denuclearization".

While it is unusual for a president to pick a fight with his intelligence chiefs, this is not the first time for Trump.

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