According to former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, President Donald Trump once dismissed U.S. intelligence reports on North Korea’s missile program because of information he had heard from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCabe made the claim in his new book, “The Threat,” according to The Washington Post.
Inevitably, the book includes disturbing new detail about Trump’s subservience to Russian President Vladimir Putin. During an Oval Office briefing in July 2017, Trump refused to believe U.S. intelligence reports that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile — a test that Kim Jong Un had called a Fourth of July “gift” to “the arrogant Americans.”
Trump dismissed the missile launch as a “hoax,” McCabe writes. “He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”
The Hill noted that the White House has dismissed details included in McCabe’s book, saying the former FBI official "has no credibility and is an embarrassment to the men and women of the FBI and our great country.”
Those remarks came in response to an interview in which McCabe revealed he opened a probe into whether Trump obstructed justice when the president fired James Comey as FBI chief in 2017 amid the Russia investigation.
The former deputy director's account of the 2017 meeting is the latest instance calling into question Trump's relationship with Putin. Democrats and critics of the president have repeatedly chastised Trump for his friendly rhetoric toward Russia and the Putin.