If you doubt there is a deep state, this might help change your mind. Mike Morell admitted the heads of the intelligence agencies were all against the President and the President’s reaction to it is understandable.
According to The Intercept, the president is allegedly considering a kind of rogue agency to protect Director Pompeo. The intelligence agencies are still Obama agencies. Only the heads are President Trump’s people.
In an interview with a Politico Magazine reporter, Mike Morell came to the conclusion that it might not have been such a great idea for the intelligence agencies, including him, to become so political.
Mike Morell, the former CIA deputy director, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president last summer and trashed Donald Trump. In an op-ed on the New York Times, he wrote:
On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president.
Two strongly held beliefs have brought me to this decision. First, Mrs. Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe. Second, Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.
During the Politico interview this week, he admitted intelligence agencies became highly critical of the President, worked against him, and it was understandable he’d see this as a concerted movement against him. Next up is the transcript after he was asked by the reporter if it was a mistake. While he says it wasn’t, he obviously sees the problems with it a year into the Trump presidency:
Morell: So, I don’t think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn’t think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.
And one of the ways I’ve thought about that, Susan, is—okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from—it’s very important—one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy—the president—understands the other guy. Right?
So, let’s put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, “Huh, what’s going on with these intelligence guys?” Right?
Glasser: It embroiders his narrative.
Morell: Exactly. And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security advisor, Mike Flynn.
And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, “What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?” The current director at the time, John Brennan, during the campaign occasionally would push back on things that Donald Trump had said.
So, when Trump talked about the Iran nuclear deal being the worst deal in the history of American diplomacy, and he was going to tear it up on the first day—John Brennan came out publicly and said, “That would be an act of folly.” So, he sees current sitting director pushing back on him. Right?
Then he becomes president, and he’s supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn’t. And within a few days, there’s leaks about how he’s not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought—right?—that, “Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?”
So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I don’t know. But it’s something I didn’t think about.
How can Americans trust these people?
Morell isn’t fully aware of just how awful his actions were but he’s starting to get it. As Byron York said, the light bulb went off and maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to leak and bash the incoming president.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 11, 2017