In the last part of the campaign, and indeed right up to his inauguration, Donald Trump was discrediting the intelligence community. He said the CIA got things wrong, that the agencies were inept and that we couldn’t rely on their assessments. This was particularly striking when there was evidence of Russian hacking and election interference.
You will recall, prior to the election, during the campaign, Trump invited Russia to “find the emails”. He invited them to hack our election.
When evidence started to surface that they actually did it, he denied the evidence, berated the intelligence community and ridiculed the Obama administration for “playing politics.” He went on to criticize the sanctions the US imposed on Russia, all the while his Republican colleagues argued the actions were not strong enough. Trump even went so far as to praise Putin as a great leaders and deride our own President.
All this under the guise that our intelligence agencies couldn’t find there way out of a paper bag.
Here is the funny part.
His choice for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn was in touch with the Russians throughout the Fall and after the elections. Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick as the expert on Intelligence work was literally on the phone with The Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
on the phone.
with the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Michael Flynn, a supposed Intelligence agency expert selected by Trump to provide advice. One whose boss, Donald Trump, was ripping the U.S. agencies as inept at a time when the U.S. was accusing Russia of interfering in our elections… he was ON THE PHONE with the Russian Ambassador.
Let that sink in a second.
The people Trump was ripping and accusing of being inept and wrong with regard to Russian interference were, at that time, listening to Trump’s “expert” in national security while he was ON THE PHONE with the Russian ambassador.
How could Fynn not know that the Russian ambassador’s communications were being monitored?
How could Trump be foolish enough to publicly ridicule the very people who could tap into just about anything?
How could the incoming administration not be smart enough to cut off all communication with the Russians, at least until the inauguration gave them respectable cover?