Intel leaders: Trump is hurting morale, could force people to leave

Intelligence leaders suggested today at a Senate hearing that Donald Trump’s dismissive attitude towards the American intelligence community is hurting morale and could lead to employees leaving the career entirely.

The news came at a much-awaited Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about Russian attacks on the US election, including hacking the Democratic National Committee and then working with Wikileaks to release the information in a manner that would cause maximum damage to Hillary Clinton, thus helping elect Donald Trump president.

When asked by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) how Trump’s “dismissive attitude towards the intelligence community broadly impacted morale in your agencies.”

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, spoke first: “Well, I haven’t done a climate survey, but I hardly think it helps it.”

Next up was National Security Agency head Admiral Michael Rogers, who said that without the confidence of their leaders, his workers could just walk, in other words quit.

These are unprecedented comments from current military officers, let alone leaders in the intelligence community, about their incoming commander-in-chief. Not only are they suggesting that Trump is hurting the effectiveness of our intelligence, but no one questioned the underlying premise of the question: that Donald Trump is “dismissive” of America’s intelligence community.

These comments come on the backdrop of Donald Trump continuously criticizing and demeaning the intelligence community, including the treasonous suggestion that the CIA, among others, tried to undermine Trump’s election and now presidency. Trump is now reportedly planning to gut the CIA in revenge for the agency concluding that Russia was behind the hack. At the same time, Trump says he believes what Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin say about the hacking more than he believes our own intelligence community.

Trump has now been dismissive of the entire US intelligence community, American POWs, and Gold Star Families. At some point, Donald Trump will need to decide what country he wants to president over, because he doesn’t seem terribly impressed with the one he’s got.

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  • Yes, thank you. It’s gone now.

  • Demosthenes

    Moderator: (you, John) I am responding to spam. Please delete.

  • ComradeRutherford

    The civil service laws from 1986 blocked everything *except* the Holman rule. They can’t *fire* people and hire new for that same job, but the *can* reduce the pay to $1 and eliminate the job position.

    It is completely legal for one congressperson to select one federal employee and eliminate that person’s job entirely, for no reason.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “Trump is hurting morale, could force people to leave”

    Well, yeah. That’s why he’s doing it.

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  • emjayay

    I think he is going with “His Excellency”.

  • emjayay

    That rule was from before there even was a Civil Service. I think the Civil Service legislation forbids anything like this. I doubt that this could stand up to a legal challenge and I expect there will be one. I’m not a lawyer or any kind of expert on this stuff – do they have to use it before anyone can sue, or can you legally challenge something like this on general principles?

  • Badgerite

    This!

  • Demosthenes

    The Donald doesn’t need US intelligence agencies. He can just have his buddy Vlad Putin tell him what to believe.

  • 2patricius2

    Seems like this all fits into Trump’s plan. Change the intelligence agencies into people who agree with him and with Putin. And then propagate their lies more effectively.

  • UncleBucky

    This will represent a brain drain (like it or not) that will severely cripple US capabilities (no matter what they are dedicated to).

    We have to think that when intelligence is handicapped, it’s like sand being thrown in our eyes.

  • Badgerite

    Putin owns trump He owns him. You would think America was some Baltic state the way this a**hole kisses Putin’s ass. It is disgusting. How is it that Kremlin talking points are coming out of the White House and Assange is suddenly in line to have his own show on Fixed ‘news’. I remember when they criticized President Obama for not wearing a stupid flag pin.

  • ranger11

    He’s Russian. Why not, he defends them more than he defends us.

  • angryspittle

    I bet his first intel briefing is to be shown about a 20 second clip of the Zapruder Film……..

  • Quilla

    Well…sort of…but not. You know, he’s “traitor-like.” ;)

  • goulo

    > Donald is not an American

    Not sure if you’re joking (a jab at his anti-Obama birtherism) or serious…

  • RepubAnon

    This will cheer those workers up:

    House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1
    House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to a $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.

    The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to offer an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets a specific government employee or program.

    In light of recent inquiries by the Trump transition team for a list of Energy Department scientists who have worked on climate change, advocates for federal workers say they worry that bureaucrats could be targeted for political reasons.

    I’d say that the odds of anyone in government saying anything that they think Donald Trump or any other Republican didn’t want to hear better have their resume in order.

  • Quilla

    Americans – only – should be President of this country.

    Donald is not an American

    Ergo, why even call him “President-elect”?

    Not much time left, folks.

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