Donald Trump continues to bash the intelligence community in Friday morning tweetstorm

Trump is airing his anti-intelligence community grievances on Twitter again

By Matthew Rozsa
January 13, 2017 6:33PM (UTC)
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President-elect Donald Trump can't seem to quit his anger toward the intelligence community, as indicated by his latest Twitter rant on Friday morning.

The 35-page dossier alleging that Trump had been compromised by the Russian government was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former intelligence officer who worked for the British CIA equivalent, MI6. Although the American intelligence community had no role in acquiring the information contained within the document, they provided a summary to both Trump and President Barack Obama. The intelligence community also determined that Steele had a credible reputation.


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has made it clear that he expressed "profound dismay" to the president-elect about the fact that the report managed to get publicized. Trump acknowledged Clapper's position in a Twitter post on Thursday. But the incoming president interpreted that differently.

Vice President Joe Biden's office confirmed on Thursday that both he and President Obama were briefed on the dossier because intelligence officers felt a responsibility to do so (since they would also be telling Trump). According to Biden's office, the president's reaction to the dossier was to ask, "What does this have to do with anything?"


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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