December 14, 2017

How Trump’s Skepticism of U.S. Intelligence on Russia Left an Election Threat Unchecked

Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe, and Philip Rucker – Washington Post:

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.

Holding impromptu interventions in Trump’s 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus — prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation’s spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6.

But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma.

A man singularly unqualified to understand the machinations of government or the work of intelligence agencies, and whose narcissism drives him to believe everything that happens around him does so as a result of his own will, dismisses the work of professionals who know better. The United States is left more vulnerable as a result.

2020 cannot come soon enough.

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