On Tuesday, directors of America's intelligence agencies (see above) published the findings of the Worldwide Threat Assessment (WTA) to the U.S Senate.
The WTA is a painstakingly compiled report of the state of the world's greatest threats. The information is gathered by hundreds of career intelligence officers across the globe, many collecting information in foreign lands that do not take kindly to information gatherers.
You can read that 42 page report with your own eyes by clicking HERE.
One quick spoiler alert: There is nothing about any national security risk coming from our southern border, which is not even mentioned until page 16.
Aaaaand, global warming is listed as a serious and existential threat to America and the world.
The WTA contradicts just about everything Donald Trump says about Iran, North Korea, ISIS, Russia, global warming, Mexico...just about everything.
The folks briefing the Senate (pictured above) are all Republicans and except for Robert Cardillo, all were appointed by Donald Trump.
Intelligence is not a political issue, although it's easy to see why Donald Trump might be inclined to reject it. The people who collect information and assemble intelligence reports dedicate and often risk their lives to do it.
The men and women of America's intelligence community work for us, for you and me. They have taken an oath to defend the Constitution and protect our nation, not to do ANY president's bidding.
Some are Democrats while most, like James Comey and Robert Mueller are Republicans. They are all Americans though, who share an interest in defending our nation against threats both internal and external.
A day after the intelligence report was released, Trump said about his intelligence chiefs, "There (sic) wrong. They should go back to school."
Donald Trump is incapable of sitting for the President's Daily Brief, instead choosing to get his news from Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
Does he expect our intelligence agencies to limit their information source to Fox News?
Should a guy who doesn't know the difference between "there" and "they're" be telling intelligence officers to go back to school?
Two days after the intelligence report was released, Trump said that he had a good meeting with his intelligence chiefs and that they were all on the same page.
He said that they accused the press of misquoting them, that is was "fake news."
Let's not beat around the bush. DONALD TRUMP IS A LIAR. Gina Haspel did not say that she was misquoted because she knows that her words were broadcast live as they were coming out of her mouth.
The same is true for Dan Coats, Christopher Wray, Gen. Robert Ashley, Gen. Paul Nakasone and Robert Cardillo.
Many people (including me) saw them speak with their own eyes and heard their words with their very own ears.
There is not a "disconnect" between Trump and intelligence, although in one respect there definitely is.
But when it comes to the information collected by America's intelligence agencies, DONALD TRUMP IS LYING.
Undermining our intelligence agencies undermines the value of truth. As Trump's court jester, Rudy Giuliani said, "Truth is not truth."
Trump's problem is that if he acknowledges the veracity of information collected by the FBI, CIA, etc, he has to acknowledge Russia's impact on the 2016 election.
Only by refuting everything that comes out of our intelligence community can little Donnie Drumpf hang on to the illusion that his presidency is legitimate.
Final spoiler alert: Next year's list of major worldwide threats may very well include Donald J. Trump.
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