President-elect Donald Trump’s tensions with U.S. intelligence agencies over the alleged Russian hacking is unsettling to national security experts, NBC News reported.
Some feel that a strained relationship between Trump and intelligence agencies could affect his ability to lead the country. Trump was critical of the CIA after they concluded Russia was involved in the leaked Democratic emails, calling the CIA “the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
The CIA’s assessment that Russia not only interfered in the election but did so to help Trump win has triggered bipartisan calls for a Congressional intervention.
Some national security veterans are also troubled by Trump’s announcement that he would not take daily intelligence briefings. He told Fox News, “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”