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  • The U.S. President Donald Trump asked his own intelligence people to go back to school.

    The U.S. President Donald Trump asked his own intelligence people to go back to school. | Photo: Reuters

Published 31 January 2019

The U.S. president called his own intelligence chiefs naive and asked them to go back to school after they clashed with Trump on various issues. 

The United States President Donald Trump called his top intelligence chiefs “extremely passive and naive” and asked them to go back to school when they tried to advise him on Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State Group.

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A debate occured when the U.S. intelligence leaders told Trump that the nuclear threat from North Korea remained and that Iran is not building a nuclear bomb.

The president disagreed saying that Tehran is "coming very close to the edge" of building bombs.

"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" Trump said in a Twitter post.

"Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" he said.

They also had conflicting views on the threat of Islamic State Group, Russia’s interference in U.S. elections, and North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization.

"North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with US. No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of Denuclearization," Trump wrote on Twitter previously as he was pulling out of a 2015 Iran deal saying that Tehran is not keeping its agreement of restricting nuclear activities.   

Last week, The new National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (NIS) released its strategy for 2019 which described Trump as a threat to the country.

It reveals that 17 intelligence agencies of the U.S. are against President Donald Trump’s impulsive behavior on war and peace.

Daniel Benjamin, Bill Clinton’s National Security advisor, wrote on Twitter,  “This is one of the few benefits of having a president who reads absolutely nothing. No way he would have signed off on the intel strategy if he knew what was in it.”


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