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McCabe: Trump Said ‘I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin’ When Confronted With US Intel On North Korea Threat

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McCabe: Trump Said ‘I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin’ When Confronted With US Intel On North Korea Threat





Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe claimed on Sunday that President Trump dismissed intelligence on North Korea given to him by top U.S. intelligence officials, telling them, “I don’t care, I believe Putin.”

Trump told officials in a meeting that he did not believe North Korean missiles were capable of striking the U.S. mainland because Russian President Vladimir Putin had convinced him that those missiles did not exist, according to McCabe.

“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 told host Scott Pelley in an interview with 60 Minutes released Sunday.



McCabe said it was “astounding” that Trump would lean on Putin’s information on an issue intelligence was briefing him on.

“To spend the time and effort and energy that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision makers and the ultimate decision maker, the President of the United States— make policy decisions, and to be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and a unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking,” he said.

Excerpts from McCabe’s interview with Palley shared earlier this week drew criticism from Trump.








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