Trump Slams U.S. Intel Brass on Iran: 'Passive, Naive, Should Go Back to School'

The U.S. president tweeted the comments in reply to briefings by the heads of U.S. intelligence services to Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., January 17, 2019.
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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his country’s own intelligence services are “extremely passive and naive” with regards to Iran.

Trump made the unusual comment on his twitter account, in reply to briefings by the heads of U.S. intelligence services to Congress yesterday, in which they stated that Iran continues to adhere to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal and is not currently trying to acquire nuclear capabilities, at least from a technical point of view.

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"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge," Trump tweeted Wednesday.

He continued: "There [sic] economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"

The statements that drew Trump’s ire were made by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. 

Coats also contradicted Trump with regards to North Korea, warning that the country was still seeking to expand its Weapons of Mass Destruction capability, despite participating in diplomatic talks with the United States.