President Donald Trump was displeased with U.S. intelligence officials’ Tuesday report on national security issues, tweeting Wednesday morning that the “Intelligence people” are “extremely passive and naive” about Iran’s nuclear threat and suggesting they “go back to school.”
The Hill noted that Trump’s derision came on the heels of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel offering testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee that directly contradicted the president’s own talking points on Iran, North Korea, and other issues of concern.
Coats testified that the intelligence community found that Iran is not currently seeking to develop its nuclear weapons capabilities, basing his remarks on an intelligence assessment.
“We continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” the assessment reads.
However, the assessment also warns that Iran is threatening a return to nuclear buildup if it “does not gain the tangible trade and investment benefits it expected” from the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negotiated under President Barack Obama.
Trump has called the agreement “the worst deal ever” and withdrew U.S. participation last year.