On Wednesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had his first intelligence briefing. Prior to his briefing, Trump appeared on FOX and Friends where he was asked whether or not he trusted the information provided by the U.S. intelligence community.
Trump responded that not only does he not trust it, if he is president, he would not rely on it and would not use it.
“Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country,” Trump responded. “I mean, look what’s happened over the last 10 years. … It’s been catastrophic.
“Very easy to use them, but I won’t use them, because they’ve made such bad decisions,” he said, pointing to apparent intelligence failures ahead of the United States’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. At the time, George W. Bush administration officials appeared convinced that Saddam Hussein’s government was creating weapons of mass destruction, though that was not the case.
“If we would have never touched it, it would have been a lot better,” Trump said.
Trump did not elaborate on how he would get his intelligence information should he become president if he won’t use the intelligence workforce that is in place in this country and around the world.
h/t The Hill