President Donald Trump said Thursday he does not have confidence in two top American intelligence officials.
CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday and contradicted Trump’s own claims about North Korea, ISIS, and Iran.
On Thursday, during a break in the negotiations to keep the federal government open past February 15, Trump was asked by a reporter if he has “confidence in Gina Haspel and Dan Coats” to give “good advice.”
The president said “no.”
“No, I disagree with certain things that they said. I think that I’m right, but time will prove that. Time will prove me right probably.”
Q: Do you still have confidence in Gina Haspel and Dan Coats to give you good advice?
TRUMP: No, I disagree with certain things that they said. I think that I'm right, but time will prove that. Time will prove me right probably.
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 31, 2019
Trump thinks he will be vindicated… “probably.”
“…but Time will prove that.” Quickly followed by “Time will prove me right probably.”
Make up ya damn mind, ya two-faced tangerine. Regardless, the answer is time will prove you to be the most wrong person of any person in time. Not probably.
— Ryan (@wugglet1) January 31, 2019
Probably. Nice modifier Donny.
— Arturo Hammer (@ArtAHammer) January 31, 2019
“Probably”> “possibly”> “doubtfully”
— KatrinkaC (@katriotic) January 31, 2019
It’s the “probably” that gets you.
— Laura Brevitz (@laurabrevitz) January 31, 2019
Trump has maintained that North Korea is denuclearizing; that ISIS has been defeated; and that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.
The president has not – ever – offered a single piece of evidence to back up what he says.
Why has the press not asked where he’s getting his information. Who are his investigators since it’s not our intelligence agencies?
— Plant Kindness (@BurtonSharlene) January 31, 2019
I know they have a lifetime of experience and an army of people compiling and analyzing facts and information…. but my gut and my buddy Vlad told me otherwise, soI know I’m right
— Cal_HAM (@Cal_HAM) January 31, 2019
— Gabriel (@Gabechanger) January 31, 2019
The most flagrant and blatant example of the Dunning-Kruger effect ever seen.
— Tom Baker (@Shake_N_Bake690) January 31, 2019
So just because he believes something does not make it true. He does not live in a fact-based world
— Vicki Snowflake (@GlassRiverJewel) January 31, 2019
Notice he never cites a source
— John T Marohn (@johntmarohn) January 31, 2019
This makes our country, and the world, far less safe.
This should scare everyone oh, that he thinks he knows more that our intelligence community. We all know he would it just make stuff up, right?
— Tim Mcbrim (@TimMcbrim) January 31, 2019
This is the national emergency.
— MN (@jetswin15) January 31, 2019
After he leaves, every major US institution will have been diminished or besmirched. Such is the collateral damage of one reckless and selfish man. And was aided and abetted. You want infrastructure week? I give you infrastructure decade as we rebuild trust and credibility.
— Daniel Johnson (@DanJohnsoninc) January 31, 2019
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) even kindly offered Trump a ‘whom to trust’ guide for intelligence sourcing.
Meanwhile, Haspel and Coats—both of whom were appointed by Trump—refuted all of Trump’s claims in their Senate testimony, citing the latest intelligence.
Trump, however, is willfully impervious to information that does not perfectly align with his self-generated world view.