The words surprise in the mouth of an American president: Donald Trump Wednesday accused the heads of his own intelligence services to be “naive”, having been contradicted by them on several major axes of his foreign policy.
If this is not the first time that Donald Trump attacks these large federal agencies highly respected in the United States, this burst of tweets is distinguished by its particularly aggressive and ironic tone.
Syria, North Korea, Iran: Tuesday in front of the Senate, Gina Haspel, Director of the CIA, and Dan Coats, Director of Intelligence, both appointed by Donald Trump, had painted a picture of major global threats reflecting a sharp disagreement with the tenant’s analysis of the White House.
“Intelligence officials seem to be extremely passive and naive about the dangers of Iran, they are wrong,” Trump said Wednesday morning.
According to Haspel, Iran still “technically” respects the agreement reached in 2015 with the major powers to prevent it from acquiring the atomic bomb, which the United States withdrew last year as had promised Donald Trump during his campaign.
And if the Iranians plan to “distance themselves” from this text, it is, she noted, because of the lack of economic spinoffs, Washington having reinstated draconian sanctions against Tehran after its withdrawal, which had aroused the anger of the European allies of the United States.
– “They should go back to school” –
“When I became president, Iran was causing problems throughout the Middle East and beyond, and since our withdrawal from the terrible Iranian nuclear deal, they are VERY different, but still a potential source of danger and conflict. “Trump continued on Twitter.
“We should be wary of Iran, members of the intelligence services should perhaps return to school!”, Wrote Trump again, who came to power in January 2017 without any political, diplomatic or military experience.
Another subject of divergent analysis is North Korea.
“Our assessments continue to show that North Korea is unlikely to abandon all its nuclear weapons, missiles and production capabilities,” Coats told Congress.
Despite the suspension of nuclear and ballistic tests “for more than a year” and “the reversible dismantling of some parts of the infrastructure”, “we continue to observe activities that are not compatible with total denuclearization,” he added.
In a tweet, Mr Trump told him Wednesday morning “a good chance” to lead to denuclearization. “Relations between the United States and North Korea have never been so good,” he wrote.
“No tests, repatriation of the remains (of US soldiers killed during the Korean War, Editor’s note), return of the hostages,” he added, reaffirming his willingness to meet again North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their first Singapore summit in June 2018.
– “The White House does not listen” –
On Syria as well, Donald Trump was anxious to answer, by short messages interposed, with the conclusions of the American intelligence.
“Huge progress” has been made in the past two years, he said, though not as categorical as when he launched on December 20: “We won against the IS group, it’s time to go back “.
The Islamic State group “still controls thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria,” warned Dan Coats the day before.
“We must salute our intelligence agencies, which continue to provide rigorous and realistic analyzes of the threats we face,” said Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the intelligence commission in the House of Representatives.
“The fact that the White House does not listen is terribly dangerous,” he added.
A sign of the malaise caused by some of Donald Trump’s positions in the ranks of the most loyal Republicans, Senate Chief Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment this week that al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and “their associates in Syria” and in Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat “to the United States.
Very rarely criticizing the president in public, the Republican senator warned against “the danger of a precipitous withdrawal of these two conflicts”. This text could be put to a vote on Thursday.
The 45th President of the United States had aroused an uproar within his own camp when he, at a press conference in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin, seemed to value his Russian counterpart more than his conclusions. US intelligence agencies on Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.