by Pamela Williams
There seems to be some confusion between President-elect Trump and the Intelligence Officials at this point. Trump believed he was to have a briefing today on the alleged Russian hack, but it did not happen. Trump believes the Officials have delayed the briefing, due to lack of evidence. However, the Officials said no meeting was scheduled for today. In my opinion…just reading between the lines, Intelligence is delaying for exactly the reason Trump says. They really showed their lack of professionalism by not showing for their meeting with President-elect today. However, I am not surprised, and I am sure you aren’t either.
What is being said now is F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr. — were finalizing plans to travel to New York on Friday to brief him about their findings. So lets hope that they will get there, and finally President-elect can see for himself the report’s findings. It is a wonderful feeling to trust your President, and I feel that I can trust whatever Trump tells the American people at this time.
Last month, President Obama ordered the intelligence agencies and national security officials to provide him with a full report on Russia’s meddling. The White House has not said when the report will be completed, but Sean Spicer, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, told reporters on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had requested the same briefing Mr. Obama receives once the report is done. Mr. Spicer said he expected that to happen this week.
In an interview that aired Tuesday on “PBS NewsHour,” the C.I.A. director, John O. Brennan, defended the intelligence agencies. “I would suggest to individuals who have not yet seen the report, who have not yet been briefed on it, that they wait and see what it is that the intelligence community is putting forward before they make those judgments,” Mr. Brennan said.
Despite Mr. Trump’s skepticism, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, have embraced the intelligence agencies’ conclusions and praised Mr. Obama’s decision last week to impose sanctions on the Russian government. Mr. McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday at which Mr. Clapper; the head of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers; and others are expected to testify about the hacking.
Mr. Trump had asked for an array of senior intelligence officials — including Mr. Comey, Mr. Clapper, Admiral Rogers and Mr. Brennan — to brief him in the same room so he could question them about their findings and ascertain whether they agreed with one another’s assessments, according to a transition official.
It is not clear whether Admiral Rogers and Mr. Brennan will attend the briefing at Trump Tower on Friday.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump, like Mr. Obama, received the president’s daily briefing, a summary of high-level intelligence and analysis about global hot spots and national security threats written by the office of the director of national intelligence. It is unclear whether Mr. Trump is receiving the presidential briefing every day, but he is getting a general national security briefing daily from Michael T. Flynn, who will be his national security adviser.
At his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Mr. Trump said he would disclose information on Tuesday or Wednesday “that other people don’t know” about the hacking.
In another Twitter post on Tuesday evening, Mr. Trump said he would hold a news conference next Wednesday in New York, which would be his first since July. Last month, he abruptly canceled a news conference where he had been expected to explain how he planned to avoid conflicts of interest from his global business dealings.
Next week, Mr. Trump is certain to face questions about his position on Russia’s role in the cyberattacks, as well as his faith in the intelligence agencies.
Despite a digital footprint that’s giving the intelligence community growing confidence that Russia is behind the election hack, Donald Trump continues to publicly disagree. CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.
Donald Trump, Spicer tells Alisyn Camerota, “has not been briefed by the heads of the intelligence community yet” on the Russian hacking.
That would be a lie had Spicer not inserted the word “heads,” because Trump has been briefed by the intelligence community on the Russian hacking operation.
Since at least August Donald Trump has known about Russia’s hacking the election because those who briefed him told reporters they did.
In October, NBC News reported Trump has known about Russia hacking since August:
“A senior U.S. intelligence official assured NBC News that cybersecurity and the Russian government’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election have been briefed to, and discussed extensively with, both parties’ candidates, surrogates and leadership, since mid-August,” NBC News reported.
IN CONCLUSION: I believe the Intelligence Officials are lying. I do not believe President-elect Trump has been briefed as of yet…not officially by those who created the report. For heaven’s sake they have not even briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill yet. Who do you believe, America…President-elect Trump for the mixed up and confused Intelligence Officials.
Look at what they have put the American people through with the Clinton email investigation…pure coverup. We cannot believe a word they tell us at this point!