‘Naive’: President Trump disputes his own intelligence chiefs on Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump disputed the leaders of his intelligence services Wednesday with respect to Iran, North Korea, the Islamic State, and other foreign policy challenges.

“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump said on Twitter, one of a string of posts defending his foreign policy against what looks like in-house skepticism.

The tweets came a day after a new American intelligence assessment said Iran is not – for now, at least – taking steps toward making nuclear weapons, while North Korea shows no signs of giving up its nukes – positions that contradict Trump’s public positions.

In testimony before a Senate committee, the leaders of the intelligence services avoided direct contrasts with Trump, but backed differing views of Iran and North Korea. They also said the Islamic State remains a threat, despite Trump’s assertion that the extremist group has been all but defeated in Syria.

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