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Trump Heading Toward Showdown With His Own Intelligence Community

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TorontoUs President Trump’s relationship with his own intelligence community is rapidly becoming the new “Great Divide” as the common ground between the two rapidly widens, according to a report in the Huffington Post.

During a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Trump chose to deflect rather than answer questions. The questions were about allegations that top Trump advisors were in “constant contact” with Russian officials before, during and after the Presidential election.

Trump chose to address the questions of improper and possibly illegal conduct by blaming the intelligence community, taking to Twitter for a tirade about “illegal leaks” on Wednesday. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.”

He wasn’t finished. Deflecting further, Trump called the deepening controversy following the resignation of former US National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, a cover up by Democrats upset with Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss. He also attacked his favourite target, the media.

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the situation is deteriorating to such an extent that there are rumours that intelligence agencies “could be withholding sensitive information from the President,” fearing widespread leaks as well as Trump’s “apparent fondness for Putin.”

According to the Huffington Post article, Trump is attempting to gain control of intelligence agencies by considering billionaire and close friend of top advisor, Steve Bannon, Stephen Feinberg, to head a review of the US intelligence agencies. This has intel officials concerned that their scope of operations could be shrunk in an attempt to “curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.” Feinberg has no intelligence experience.

During the same press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister, Trump offered uncomfortably gushing praise of disgraced friend, Michael Flynn, leveling blame yet again, squarely at the media. “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media- as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”

Less than one month ago, President Trump met with a group of intelligence officials, prompting him to offer a considerably different view of the intelligence community than the one we’re witnessing now. “There’s nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,” he said then, praising their service. “There’s nobody.”

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