Over the past few weeks, liberals have pointed to various analyses (and leaked documents) produced by America’s intelligence agencies as proof that the Russians wanted Donald Trump to win the 2016 general election.
While President-elect Trump appears to have more or less accepted the fact that the Russians were behind the email leaks that dominated much of the election cycle, he has continued to push back on the notion that they did it to help him.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sided with Trump this weekend in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” where Gingrich stated that President Barack Obama had corrupted the intelligence agencies and Trump was right to question them.
“I mean, this is at the political-appointee level, which has really been corrupted by the Obama administration,” Gingrich told CBS’ John Dickerson.
“I hope what (Trump) does is say to the new director of national security, Dan Coats, ‘I expect you to thoroughly overhaul the entire community,’” Gingrich continued.
Gingrich also stressed that Trump has selected distinguished advisers, such as retired General James Mattis. These people aren’t going to blindly follow Trump, but will instead provide him with multiple options for a course of action — which is what advisers are supposed to do.
You can watch the full interview here. Gingrich’s take on the intelligence community is particularly harsh starting about the 3:15 mark:
Obama has managed to politicize almost every branch of the government during his eight years in government, so it shouldn’t surprise any of us that Trump might not trust the intelligence community right away.
Trump doesn’t hate the intelligence community. What he wants is for them to provide balanced assessments of the situation without trying to make a big splash in the political world.
Hopefully, the people that Trump has selected to lead the intelligence community will be able to clean it up so that we don’t have to worry about this sort of ridiculous situation anymore.
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