Intel Community Worries Trump Won’t Believe Them; Others Wonder Why Anyone Would

Monday, December 12, 2016
By Paul Martin

President-elect Donald Trump’s dismissal of a Washington Post story based on statements from anonymous intelligence officials claiming Russia “hacked” the US election has some worrying about the kind of relationship his administration will have with the CIA.

On December 9, Trump’s transition team issued a statement in response to the story, saying, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” and that it was “time to move on.”

(No such weapons, the purported reason for the US war against Iraq in 2003, were ever found.)

Two days later, the president-elect had tempered his rhetoric somewhat. In an interview with Fox News broadcast December 11, he called the story and the hacking claims “ridiculous” and “just another excuse” from Democrats to avoid taking the blame for their loss. Trump distinguished between the intelligence community, who he said he had “great respect for,” and Democrats looking for excuses for their loss. It is US Democrats pushing this story, he claimed. The CIA is not trying to overturn the election results, nor have they even clearly said Russian hacking took place, Trump said. Rather, the intelligence community is still fighting it out.

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