UncategorizedTop intelligence official breaks with Trump on ISIS in Syria, North Korea, Iran

Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee this week that ISIS remains a threat in Syria, North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, and Iran, contrary to President Trump’s warnings, does not currently pose a nuclear threat.

President Trump, in recent social media posts and public statements, directly contradicts these three points of view on U.S. foreign policy.

President Trump tweeted in December that the U.S. has, “defeated ISIS in Syria.”

Trump’s top intelligence official, however, said this week that ISIS, “very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States.”

President Trump also recently tweeted a much more optimistic view of relations with North Korea:

Coats, on the other hand, told the Senate Committee that, “We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.”

And while President Trump continues to say that Iran poses a serious nuclear threat to the United States, his top intelligence official Coats says that Iran is not currently taking steps to make a nuclear weapon.