Trump: I Criticized This Report Before I Read It, But Now I’ve Read It And I’m Right!

on January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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January 31, 2019 6:02 p.m.

President Donald Trump hadn’t read the report when he criticized it Wednesday. But he has now read the report — and he’s right!

That’s just about what the commander-in-chief told reporters in the Oval Office Thursday regarding the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Worldwide Threat Assessment, which was released Tuesday.

As was widely reported, the annual report’s top lines contradict many of the President’s favorite talking points.

Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” it read. And later: “North Korea retains its WMD capabilities, and the IC continues to assess that it is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities.”

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But, Trump said Thursday, having read the report… he’s right!

“I didn’t see the report from the intelligence…” he began telling the White House press corps before trailing off. “When you read it, it’s a lot different than was covered in the news.” 

That’s essentially an admission that when Trump trashed intelligence leaders on Twitter Wednesday, he hadn’t read the thing he was criticizing.

Trump separately claimed the intelligence leaders told him that media coverage of their public, televised Senate testimony on the report was both “mischaracterized” and “fake news.”

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