Former National Security Council Spox Writes Op-Ed to Explain How Trump Led Him to Quit CIA


Check out the Washington Post right now and you’ll see an op-ed from Edward Price, who used to be in the CIA but, well, we’ll let his headline tell you:

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The former Spokesperson for the National Security Council wrote that when he entered the CIA 15 years ago, he didn’t consider it a starter job. Rather, he considered it his long-term career. He had no idea that Donald Trump would become president one day, let alone that he would not be able to stomach working for the man, no matter how much his career meant to him. Price noted that he worked under a Republican president in the past “with conviction,” but the Trump presidency is entirely different than that of George W. Bush.

He cited Trump’s public undermining of the intelligence community as the thing that made it impossible for him to stay. He wrote this:

Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work. I saw that up close for the past three years at the White House, where I worked on loan from the CIA until last month.

As a candidate, Donald Trump’s rhetoric suggested that he intended to take a different approach. I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies, released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails.

The reshuffling of the National Security Council to exclude the CIA director and the director of national intelligence but to include Steve Bannon tipped him over the edge. In his choice to speak out, Price joins other former NSC members who were horrified, too.

Read the whole thing here.

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