Just how far down the rabbit hole has the Republican Party slipped with the election of Donald Trump? So far that now some members are declaring there’s absolutely no need for Trump to rely on American intelligence agencies when he wants to know what’s going on in the world.
Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who is now an adviser to Trump on the issue of national security, told CNN host Jim Sciutto that the President-elect doesn’t need to rely on the CIA when he can simply get his intelligence briefings from other countries. Hoekstra added:
“I think what Donald Trump is doing, is Donald Trump is putting the intelligence community on notice. That he expects them to deliver quality information in an unbiased format so that he will be equipped to make the best decisions possible as Commander-in-Chief. Sending that signal to the intelligence community is absolutely fine.”
A flabbergasted Sciutto then queried:
“How will he judge when it’s quality? When it’s quality intelligence. What will be his basis of deciding that?”
“I think one of the things he’ll do is go out and get information from a number of different sources.
“One of the things that I have found since I’ve left the intelligence community and left Congress is the number of other places that you can go and get very good information — and I did this when I was in Congress as well, as when I was on the intelligence committee.”
Did one of those include consulting a Magic 8 Ball, Congressman Hoekstra?
Sciutto followed up in an attempt to get clarification of what Hoekstra had just said:
“So you’re saying the president of the United States should take the intelligence assessments of another country’s intelligence agencies over his own?”
Hoekstra then tried to have it both ways, commenting:
“What I’m saying is that he has other places that he can get intelligence from that he can use to test the quality and the accuracy of the information that he is getting from his own intelligence community.”
Bottom line: Hoekstra, Trump, and other members of the GOP are still pissed off the CIA said Russia hacked the election to help Trump win, and they are determined to delegitimize anything the intelligence community says. They’d rather believe what their new master, Vladimir Putin, tells them.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org