During last night’s Commander-in-Chief forum, Donald Trump made it sound as though the intelligence officials who have been briefing him haven’t hid their disdain for President Obama.
Flynn and Christie both accompanied Trump to the August 17 briefing – typically provided to all major party nominees following their nominating conventions.
‘What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow, what our experts said to do, ‘ he said. “I was very, very surprised in nearly every instance”. An anonymous source told the network that officials are even trained not to allow their body language to betray their personal opinions, as Trump claimed at the forum.
A new NBC News report suggests that during national security meeting, the two behaved unprofessionally.
“I think what he said was totally inappropriate and undisciplined”, she said.
Both presidential candidates have received classified intelligence briefings in recent weeks.
Hayden was critical of Trump for politicizing an intelligence briefing and said he could not recall another instance of a presidential nominee from either party invoking the briefings in a political context.
Paul Pillar, a former high-ranking CIA analyst who worked for 28 years in the intelligence community, said he “can’t remember any time where a candidate has said anything about” an intelligence briefing publicly. By reading the body language of those intelligence officials. “It’s simply not what we do”. Some said Trump doesn’t understand the first thing about how intelligence works.
Recommending policies, added Morell, “are not their job, and anyone running for president should know that”.
“They would say the intelligence professionals, as they should, they would say those are policy decisions”, Flynn continued.
But Trump did have a strident defender in retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has joined Trump in intelligence briefings.
Another two sources told the network that Christie, at one point, told Flynn to “calm down”.
Asked whether he trusted the classified intelligence he was about to be given access to, Trump told the network, “Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country, I mean look what’s happened over the last 10 years.it’s been catastrophic”.