Trump Administration Increasingly At Odds With US Intelligence Community

The report stated intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised.

The news organization, citing unnamed former and current officials, said that the withheld information could include intelligence gathering methods, such as "the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government". According to Schindler, members of the intelligence community were so anxious about Trump's ties with the Kremlin that they were withholding intelligence from the White House.

Notably, the WSJ report, widely cited by major U.S. media, did not include any direct quote of the intelligence officials in question.

Trump is set to tap a billionaire financier, Stephen Feinberg, to lead the review, which has been met by "fierce resistance" by the intelligence agencies, The New York Times reported.

The report underscores the narrative that a major rift, even a feud, is on between Trump and the intelligence agencies.

Trump has spent a good portion of his social media activity this week going after members of the intelligence community for leaking information to the press.




But officials reportedly withheld some details about how the intelligence information was gathered.

On Wednesday, Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested. The Times reports that before his rumored appointment as the man to "lead a broad review" of the country's intelligence agencies, Feinberg was being considered for director of national intelligence or head of the C.I.A.'s clandestine service. "I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today".

Feinberg serves on Trump's economic advisory council.

According to Schindler, the leaks by the intelligence community were not the problem but Trump's "collusion with Russian intelligence".

As president-elect in December, Trump commented that he did not need daily intelligence briefings and dismissed them as monotonous.

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