US Intel Chief Lists Disinformation a Grave Threat

US Intelligence Contradicts Trump on N. Korea, Iran, IS Threats

US Intelligence Contradicts Trump on N. Korea, Iran, IS Threats

On Daesh, which Trump and his top officials have repeatedly claimed has been defeated by a US -led coalition, Coats said that while the USA has defeated the terror group's territorial hold in Iraq and Syria "with a couple of little villages left", it will remain a threat for the foreseeable future. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. The first round of sanctions went into force on August 6 and the second round, which targets Iran's oil exports and banks, were snapped back on November 4.

In announcing last May that the USA would withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, Trump argued that remaining in the 2015 pact would lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

The U.S. would also require an agreement on "expert access and monitoring mechanisms of key sites" of its weapons programs, which Pompeo said North Korea agreed to in October but has not yet happened.

Trump later insisted on Twitter that the USA relationship with North Korea "is the best it has ever been".

Coats declined to respond when Democratic Senator Ron Wyden asked whether Trump's not releasing records of his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin put US intelligence agencies at a disadvantage. "You know, Gina Haspel, director Coats, these are some of the most serious people out there, people who oversee other people, who risk their lives every single day".

Schumer urged the three officials "to insist on an immediate meeting with the President to educate him about the facts and raw intelligence underlying the Intelligence Community assessments, and to impress upon him how critically important it is for him to join you and the leadership of our intelligence community in speaking with a unified and accurate voice about national security threats".

Chairman Kim committed to denuclearization after meeting with President Trump previous year. In retaliation, Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance.

Trump tweeted that intelligence officials were "extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran".

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Lemon said in response that "this is all about ego" and a White House "completely out of touch with reality". Sixty-two percent of Democrats said they trusted Mueller in comparison to just 22 percent of Republicans.

The CIA and the Director of National Intelligence office did not comment on Trump's remarks.

The State Department added the two sides will discuss "next steps" to advance their objective of the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, . but did not reveal the date or location of the talks.

However, he said the assessment that the North Korean leader is unlikely to surrender his nukes is "bolstered by the US observations of some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization".

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump during the 2018 North Korea-United States summit in Singapore. There is a "decent Chance" on denuclearization. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly. "Progress being made - big difference!"

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before Congress that Russian Federation is still involved in American elections, North Korea isn't going to denuclearize and he didn't even bring up the border.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel also warned ISIS was still unsafe after Trump claimed they had been beaten.

"Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago", Trump said on Twitter.

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