Donald Trump said Wednesday he was wary of relying on the U.S. intelligence community because he does not trust them and believes they’ve made “bad decisions.”
During an interview with Fox News, Trump was asked about his upcoming intelligence briefing and whether he does “trust intelligence.”
“Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. Look what’s happened over the last ten years. Look what’s happened over the years. It’s been catastrophic,” he said in response. “And in fact, I won’t use some of the people that are sort of your standards, you know, just use them, use them, use them. Very easy to use them, but I won’t use them because they’ve made such bad decisions.”
Trump did not make clear –and was not asked — whom he would rely on outside of official channels.
He then appeared to allude to the George W. Bush administration’s claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
“I mean, you look at Iraq, you look at the Middle East, it’s a total powder keg. If we would have never touched it it would have been a lot better, I mean, we would have been much better off. On top of which we spent probably $4 trillion. Nobody even knows what we’ve spent,” Trump said.
The Republican nominee also told Fox News that he’s concerned about Hillary Clinton receiving classified briefings “because of her email situation.”
“She can’t keep anything private,” he said. “I think her email scandal is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.”