Obama: ‘It is not acceptable for the president of the United States to insult the intelligence of the American people’
President Barack Obama is condemning President Donald Trump for his remarks during his address to a joint session of Congress Monday.
The president told lawmakers that he had “great respect” for the intelligence community, adding that he will ask the intelligence agencies to come up with a plan to deal with the threats posed by North Korea.
He also said that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed a new cyber strategy, saying it “has to be robust and it has to be a robust strategy.”
In a speech that was widely viewed as an attack on the intelligence services, Obama made clear that he would not accept any suggestions that the president has any reason to believe he is a “bully” or a “killer.”
“The president of today and I have great respect for the information-gathering, the intelligence-gathering, the law enforcement agencies that are the bedrock of our democracy,” he said.
“The president and I do not agree with everything they do.
Trump also said he would look into the intelligence assessment that found Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election was motivated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire to undermine the U,S., and his desire to win the 2018 election. “
I have a very hard time seeing what President Trump does as anything other than an effort to bully the intelligence and law enforcement communities.”
Trump also said he would look into the intelligence assessment that found Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election was motivated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire to undermine the U,S., and his desire to win the 2018 election.
Obama called it “ridiculous” to suggest that the U.,S., or its allies are behind the hacks.
He said that Trump and his allies should look at the facts and ask the questions.
“If the president believes that Russia is trying to help him win the election, that is the way he should conduct himself,” Obama said.
Trump responded to Obama’s comments on Twitter Monday morning.
“Obama’s remarks about the intelligence are ridiculous and the intelligence must be proven,” Trump wrote.
“We must not allow our democracy to be destroyed by a foreign power that wants to destroy our democracy.”