Andrew McCabe: Trump Dismissed US Intel on North Korea By Saying ‘I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin’
In his full interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Andrew McCabe claimed that President Donald Trump once dismissed U.S. intelligence findings of North Korea, saying he takes Vladimir Putin at his word instead of them.
As McCabe talked about directing the FBI in the days after James Comey was fired, he recalled an official who told him of a meeting where Trump “launched into several unrelated diatribes.” Part of Trump’s tangent was devoted to a recent series of North Korean missile tests, during which, the president supposedly said he doubts Kim Jong Un has intercontinental weapons that could reach the U.S.
“He did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not. President Putin had told him that the North Koreans don’t actually have those missiles,” McCabe said. “Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses to which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin.'”
McCabe went on to say it was “astounding” to think that Trump could so casually disregard the intelligence that officials gather to help him and others make policy decisions.
“To be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking,” McCabe said.
Watch above, via CBS.
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