Officials say that Donald Trump is “willfully ignorant” when it comes to national security.

By |2019-02-03T09:47:33+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Courtesy of Time:

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security with what they say is a stubborn disregard for their assessments.

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

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The problem has existed since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, the intelligence officials say, and for a time they tried to respond to the President’s behavior in briefings with dark humor. After a briefing in preparation for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, the subject turned to the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia. The island is home to an important airbase and a U.S. Naval Support Facility that are central to America’s ability to project power in the region, including in the war in Afghanistan.

The President, officials familiar with the briefing said, asked two questions: Are the people nice, and are the beaches good? “Some of us wondered if he was thinking about our alliance with the Brits and the security issues in an important area where the Chinese have been increasingly active, or whether he was thinking like a real estate developer,” one of the officials said wryly.

In another briefing on South Asia, Trump’s advisors brought a map of the region from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, according to intelligence officers with knowledge of the meeting and congressional officials who were briefed on it. Trump, they said, pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. When said he was familiar with Bhutan and knew it, too, was part of India, his briefers told him that Bhutan was an independent kingdom. Last August, Politico reported on president’s mispronunciation of the names of the two countries during the same briefing.

But the disconnect between Trump and his intelligence briefers is no joke, the officials say. Several pointed to concerns regarding Trump’s assessment of the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. After Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last summer, the North claimed to have destroyed its major underground nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri, and Trump has gone out of his way to credit the claim.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA), which oversees the spy satellites that map and photograph key areas, had tried to impress upon Trump the size and complexity of the North Korean site. In preparing one briefing for the President on the issue early in his administration, the NGIA built a model of the facility with a removable roof, according to two officials. To help Trump grasp the size of the facility, the NGIA briefers built a miniature version New York’s Statue of Liberty to scale and put it inside the model.

It can be fun at times to make fun of Trump’s lack of intelligence. 

But that is only until you stop to realize that he has perhaps the most important job on the planet and that he is a barely functioning moron. 

That is the kind of thing that wakes you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. 

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10 Comments

  1. Beaglemom February 4, 2019 at 6:33 am

    The third wife, shielded as she was by her overlong tresses and oversized dark glasses, looked particularly emaciated the day of the solar eclipse.

  2. anon February 4, 2019 at 7:09 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/04/princeton-historians-democrats-must-impeach-trump-to-heal-the-nation.html

    “Kruse and Zelizer then argued that President Gerald Ford’s decision to give Nixon a full pardon as a way to “heal” the nation actually damaged faith in American institutions. The damage, they said, was caused when Ford put Nixon above the law, sending a message to average Americans that political elites would not be held accountable under our legal and political systems.”
    ” They should do everything in their power to prevent Trump from escaping justice.

    “As evidence continues to mount about all that President Trump and his advisers have done to violate the public trust, Democrats won’t have much choice,” they wrote. “If they want to heal the nation, not just for what’s happened under Trump but also for what’s happened in the decades before, they should make sure that wrongdoing is set right.”

    The truth is that Donald Trump, his children, and his cronies and business associates are “elites” who have escaped justice for years. If Trump is not held accountable for his crimes, then Vladimir Putin will have succeeded in his primary goal: to undermine faith in American democracy.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/04/house-democrats-are-trying-to-save-the-country-from-trumps-treason.html

    “Trump’s actions could be classified as as treasonous, and they strengthen the arguments of Democrats in Congress that they should now be acting as a check on Trump’s power in the area of foreign policy.

    Since taking control of the House of Representatives, key Democrats have become more vocal in asserting their proper role under the U.S. Constitution.”

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said:
    “He has so impeached his own credibility that few Americans have confidence in what he does or what he says.”

  3. ANON February 4, 2019 at 7:16 am

    “Alex Finley” explained why both men cannot play dumb when it comes to Russian interference in the U.S. election.”
    “Proving Stone knew he was working with Russian intelligence might be impossible, because the intelligence operation was designed to make it impossible,” Finley continued. “However, Team Trump did know that at least some of the help was coming from Russia.”

    https://publicintegrity.org/national-security/alex-finley-analysis/the-trump-teams-persistent-lying-about-russia-creates-counterintelligence-challenge/

    ““The judge, as you probably know, is considering issuing a gag for me,” Stone explained. “And that’s problematic for my legal defense and I can only do that by speaking out.” “The judge, as you probably know, is considering issuing a gag for me,” Stone explained. “And that’s problematic for my legal defense and I can only do that by speaking out.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/virtually-broke-roger-stone-bellyaches-gag-order-will-prevent-soliciting-money-defense/

    RiiiggghhhttT^

  4. anon February 4, 2019 at 7:36 am

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-sarah-sanders-executive-time_us_5c580bfde4b00187b552815d

    “Sanders told the outlet on Sunday that the point is “to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history.”

    “President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves,” Sanders said, adding that he
    “spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls.”< aka couch po·ta·to tOt

    https://www.axios.com/read-trumps-private-leaked-executive-time-schedules-00e9313a-3066-4988-a6dc-711a47de661e.html

  5. anon February 4, 2019 at 8:25 am

    How did Melania get the cum clumps out of her hair like that?

  6. Anonymous February 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

    He dont need to understand anything, thats why hes been installed. All he has to do is look orange and spew his daily russain talking points. And the republicans are to support him no matter if it put 800 thousand americans out of work. Putins agenda? Evil world leader of coarse. This goal is at the tip of his greedy little fingers. I suspect the reason the white republican folks bought into the putin plan is because they want to obliterate brown folks, queer folks and basically anyone that they heard god say was bad. Note tbat the so called christians have interpreted all words from the bible to fit the white supremacists agenda. Todays atmosphere is a cesspool awaiting the second coming of hitler who i think is putin.

  7. aNOn February 4, 2019 at 9:53 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/hes-unbriefable-naval-war-college-professor-warns-trump-incapable-learning-anything/

    “Trump is incapable of understanding the information presented to him about national security or any other topic.

    Senior intelligence briefers warned that Trump stubbornly disregards their analyses”

  8. Anonymous February 4, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I think he is willfully ignorant on most topics.

    I have had it with the lies, I change the channel when they show clips of him and I scroll web pages so I don’t have to look at his orange face.

  9. Common Donny Brook February 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Oh Common Donny Brook. Borrow a burner phone. Give me a call. Quit fucking around. This is getting old.

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