In the past month, the US President-elect Donald Trump spent time attacking the country’s intelligence agencies on Twitter. This time, Trump plans to hit them where they will be affected the most, their budgets.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump consulted his top advisors about devising a plan to “restructure and pare back” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Trump’s camp considers the agency as “bloated and politicized.”
Furthermore, the President-elect’s camp apparently created a similar proposal for staff reduction at the CIA. Trump plans to cut the staffing in the agency’s headquarters in Virginia and will send additional agents out in the field.
A source with close ties with Trump told the Journal, “The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized. They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”
Also, Trump consistently criticized the US intelligence agencies after news broke out about Russia’s hacking to tip the election results. News circulated around the country regarding Russia’s intervention in the electoral results to favor Trump.
Trump showed his disappointment on his Twitter account. He wrote, the “Intelligence” briefing on so-called “Russian hacking” was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
Michael Flynn worked as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until 1991 when he was replaced by James Clapper. He now acts as Trump’s National Security Adviser.