Donald Trump’s public disparagement of US intelligence agencies might have a discouraging effort for the country’s spies and undermine the moral authority of these leaders for you them “into harm’s way”, a former CIA director said on Wednesday.
Michael Hayden, who served as director from the NSA therefore the CIA during the George W Bush administration, entered the growing controversy in the president-elect’s attitude towards US intelligence community. Trump has questioned its conclusion that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee along with the CIA’s reported finding that Moscow had meddled in the presidential election in Trump’s favor.
It also emerged that Trump had only met intelligence officials to obtain what exactly is normally a daily briefing, 4 times considering that the election. “I understand it when I demand it,” he said. An aide said on Wednesday that they would from now on receive a presidential daily brief three times weekly instead of just once.
Hayden declared that missing the daily briefing would be discouraging “but might not be catastrophic” if he was well briefed by top aides. However the public denigration from the work from the intelligence agencies will be more damaging, Hayden said.
“That can be very discouraging, if your information is rejected, when the information is never used,” Hayden told the Guardian in a interview. “That facts are sometimes bought at great price. A director in the CIA sends people into harm’s supply of information otherwise unavailable. If it’s not used, if it’s rejected or it’s contradicted, under what moral authority then would I as a director send these males and females over to undertake it?”
Hayden, who served as NSA director from 1999 to 2005 and CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said: “I are actually fairly interested in exactly what the president-elect has said. It’s not only the question of Russian hacking and his awesome reluctance to accept what definitely seems to be good evidence the Russians did this.
“There will be the broader question I’m worried about,” he added. “Will the president accept the intelligence guys in the future in and provides him perspectives which are completely different from his a previous assumptions or beliefs? That’s vital, so I’m seeking clues with that.”
He noted that Jimmy Carter had preferred to become briefed by his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and suggested that once in office, Trump might prefer to get his briefings from his v . p ., Mike Pence. Asked about the opportunity role from the man Trump has picked being his national security adviser, retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn, Hayden expressed reservations.
“Mike is likely to have to behave a bit differently from how she has during the campaign. Mike is tactically brilliant. He has been an extremely successful general officer in the tactical level. This is a strategic job, so it’s going to extend him,” Hayden said. “And specifically this president who has stated some intemperate things around the campaign, I would like the national security adviser to get a calming influence and Mike in the campaign was no less than as intemperate since the president.”
The former CIA and NSA director was speaking after giving an address at a conference on terrorism organized from the Jamestown Foundation think-tank, of which he have also been critical Trump’s proposed counter-terrorist strategy, specifically the suggestion the US will spot common cause with Russia in Syria to battle the Islamic State.
“I’m personally very skeptical associated with a convergence between Russian and US interests in this part of the world,” he explained, pointing to Russian support for your Assad regime, that they argued was generating terrorism by its repression.
“Trump literally said: if you fight Isis you’re our friend,” he was quoted saying. “Well, the entire world is often a complicated place. There are other issues on the market.”