President Trump doesn’t trust U.S. intelligence agencies.
According to the Intercept, Trump and his administration are considering a set of proposals to leave the intelligence community completely in the dark and is planning on developing his own global, private spy network that will go around U.S. intelligence agencies with their findings. They will then report directly to President Trump.
Sources say the proposal is being considered due to “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community that seek to undermine Trump’s presidency.
“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”
What’s even more striking about the report, is that Trump got the idea from Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Oliver North, who regularly appears on Fox News. And, get this – the spies would be privately compensated. “Some of the individuals involved in the proposals secretly met with major Trump donors asking them to help finance the operations,” reports the intercept.
For right now, Trump’s White House is denying the report, but two former senior intelligence officials say that the plan is being embraced.
Recently, Trump launched an attack on former U.S. intelligence officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey.
“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks,” Trump said. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker.”