Tension between American presidents and the U.S. Intelligence Community — “IC,” for short — is not a new phenomenon.
President Clinton had such a distant relationship with CIA Director Jim Woolsey that, when a small aircraft crashed near the White House, Washington insiders joked that it was Woolsey seeking a meeting with the president. President Bush and his leadership refused to admit there was a Sunni insurgency in Iraq following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, in spite of CIA “ground truth” intelligence. President Obama’s relationship with the IC likewise was testy over Iraq, Iran and Russia.
And now, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to sign executive order promoting artificial intelligence Trump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Trump officials considering Mar-a-Lago for next meeting with China’s Xi: report MORE has rejected some of the