There he goes … again!
Donald John Trump has shoved a proverbial dagger into the back of the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.
The DNI has declared that “red lights should be blinking” as the Russians prepare to interfere in our midterm election later this year. What does the president say this morning in advance of a Cabinet meeting?
He said Russia “is not targeting” the United States. The Russians aren’t attacking our national political process, he said.
So, the president’s chief spook — a one-time Republican U.S. senator from Indiana — says one thing. The president says another.
Who do you believe? I’ll stick with DNI Coats.
Good grief, dude!
The president said in Helsinki that he doubted the intelligence networks’ findings that Russia had attacked our system in 2016. Then he sought — more than 24 hours later! — to take it back. He said dropped a word — the contracted version of “not” — in explaining that he meant to say the Russians meddled in our election.
He has made a mess of this explanation, his backing away from his earlier remarks and his belief in the pros who seek to keep Americans safe from our foreign adversaries.
Now this. The DNI says the Russians are coming after us again. Trump says they aren’t.
How much more of this Oval Office idiocy can Dan Coats take?