ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – After the heads of the major intelligence agencies, including FBI Director Christopher Wray; CIA Director Gina Haspel; Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats; Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Robert Ashley; National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone; and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo, testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on their Worldwide Threat Assessments that confront the United States in 2019, President Donald Trump and the intelligence community see those threats differently.
DNI Director Coats spoke of the imminent threats presented by Russia and China. President Trump tweets in reaction to the Worldwide Treats Assessment this morning:
“Three separate caravans marching to our Border. The numbers are tremendous.”
“Three separate caravans marching to our Border. The numbers are tremendous.” @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2019
The intel chiefs didn’t mention to the Senate caravans, the southern US border, or a wall.
Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council, summed up the gap between the president’s and his intel chiefs’ thinking at a forum at the National Press Club called The Great Game:
(Audio: Dr. Stephen Blank)
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill