US intelligence officials “struggle” to deliver information about a suspect, vulnerable and often distracted Donald Trump When he was in the White House, according to a New account published by CIAEducational Center of
For the intelligence community, the Trump transition was “the most difficult and far-fetched in my historical experience with briefing new presidents,” retired intelligence officer John Helgerson wrote in a recently released on trump In the book “Getting to Know the President” published by the CIA for US officials. The book, initially published by the CIA in 1996, is updated after each new administration.
Trump “doubts the competence of intelligence professionals and” felt no need for regular intelligence support,” according to Helgerson.
This attitude of Trump was particularly problematic. lack of experience In any branch of government or the military – a unique position since the start of presidential intelligence briefings in 1952.
According to Helgerson, it was also complicated by his distaste for reading.
Trump, by his own admission, “didn’t read often,” Helgerson wrote. Intelligence officials also determined that Trump “really doesn’t read anything” and “doesn’t read much; he likes bullets,” he said.
By accounts, it can also be difficult to get the attention of a president who is easily distracted.
James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, recalled that Trump was “prone to fly on the tangent; an hour of discussion could have eight or nine minutes of real intelligence,” Helgerson pointed out.
Although presidents are often given daily briefings, Trump was soon getting only two 45-minute briefings a week — and according to Helgerson, he skipped them altogether after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol. Conversely, the Vice President mike pence The briefing had “a diligent, six-days-a-week readership” who, according to the account, attempted to try to keep Trump focused.
The intelligence community was pushed back from the start by Trump’s affinity for the Russian president Vladimir Putin, Till then it was considered anti-American
Beginning the campaign, Trump often lauded Putin and his opinions, attacking America’s own intelligence community. He also called publicly To “find” on Russia Hillary ClintonEmails from during his 2016 presidential campaign. Emails related to his campaign were later hacked.
“The most problematic aspect of the 2016 transition to the intelligence community — one that carried over into the Trump presidency — was the rise of the Trump team’s contacts with Russian officials as a domestic issue in the United States,” Helgerson said.
Trump often attacks the CIA and FBI Intelligence officials come as officials investigate links between his presidential campaign and Russian election interference – which Trump has repeatedly blasted as “witch hunts”.
After Trump’s victory, his team officially fired the designated transition staff and dumped extensive material which was prepared by the late Obama administration, Helgerson pointed out.
In fact, the Trump team was “completely unprepared to launch a transition campaign, apparently not expected to win the election,” Helgerson wrote.
Trump’s official relationship with the intelligence community soured just days after he took office, when he delivered a self-contained speech in front of the Wall of Fallen Heroes at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Ignoring the memory of those who laid down their lives for the nation, Trump accused the media of lying about the size of his inaugural crowd and slammed journalists as “one of the most dishonest human beings on earth”. Gave.
former CIA director john brennan Said at the time that he was “deeply saddened” and Angry at Donald Trump’s disgusting display of self-aggrandizement In front of the heroes of the CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency.”
Ryan Crocker — a retired diplomat who previously served as the US ambassador to Iraq and was on the scene for Trump’s comments to the CIA — told The New Yorker in a 2017 interview that he “amazedFrom the comments.
“Whatever his intentions, it was terrible,” said Crocker. “As he stood there, talking about how great Trump is, I kept looking at the wall behind him – as I’m sure everyone else in the room was too. He has no understanding of the world and what Happening. it was really ugly,
check out Helgerson’s full on Trump here,