Schumer sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Wednesday, saying that it was “incumbent” that the former senator…
The Hill: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging top intelligence officials to meet with President Trump after the commander-in-chief lashed out at the intelligence community earlier Wednesday.
Schumer sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Wednesday, saying that it was “incumbent” that the former senator, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray “insist on an immediate meeting” with Trump in the wake of his remarks.
“You cannot allow the President’s ill-advised and unwarranted comments today to stand. …He is putting you and your colleagues in an untenable position and hurting the national interest in the process. You must find a way to make that clear to him,” Schumer wrote in the letter.
In a separate tweet on Wednesday night, Schumer added that it’s “past time for U.S. Intelligence Community leaders to stage an intervention” with the president.
Schumer said he wants Coats, Haspel and Wray to use a meeting with Trump to “educate” the president about “the facts and raw intelligence underlying the Intelligence Community assessments.”
“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,” he added.
Trump sparked bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill Wednesday when he lashed out at top intelligence community officials after Coats contradicted comments the president has made about Iran.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Trump is “undermining” the intelligence community; meanwhile, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters that he would “prefer the president would stay off Twitter.”
Schumer, in his letter, called Trump’s criticism “extraordinarily inappropriate.” “I applaud you and your colleagues in the Intelligence Community for being clear-eyed about the threats we face, but you cannot allow the President’s ill-advised and unwarranted comments today to stand,” the Senate Democratic leader wrote.
Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the intelligence community found that Iran is not seeking to develop its nuclear weapons capabilities, basing his remarks on an intelligence assessment.
Trump reiterated in his tweet on Wednesday morning that Iran is “testing Rockets (last week) and more.” He also appeared to mock officials within his own administration saying “perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump added in his tweet
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