Since winning the election, Donald has refused to hear intelligence briefings, has disregarded the findings of intelligence agencies with respect to Russian hacking, and has publicly criticized the CIA.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump “is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nations’ top spy agency.”
Reports the Journal, “[o]ne of the people familiar with Mr. Trump’s planning said advisers are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world.”
This plan is alarming to many, and has the appearance of being a reprisal for the CIA’s determination that the Russians sought to help Donald win the presidency. Trump’s derision of intelligence agencies is concerning, as the safety of the American people is dependent in part on having a presidency that understands intelligence and is able to accept intelligence findings even if he does not like such findings.