Trump accuses Schumer of being 'weak and passive'
After he says Trump needs to be educated on Iran, other threats
President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats of being "weak and passive with Iran," an insult that landed days after the nation's top intelligence official contradicted the president's views on the Islamic republic's nuclear capabilities.
In a morning tweet, Trump derided Schumer (N.Y.) and other Democrats for having supported an international agreement designed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Trump subsequently withdrew the United States from the deal, asserting it wasn’t tough enough on Iran.
“Iran is in financial chaos now because of the sanctions and Iran Deal termination. Dems put us in a bad place - but now good!” Trump said in a tweet.
A spokesman for Schumer declined to comment.
The New York lawmaker has been sharply critical this week of the president's ongoing feud with his own intelligence community. In a letter sent Wednesday to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Schumer called on him, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Chris Wray, to "insist on an immediate meeting" with Trump after the president hurled insults at the top intelligence officials.
“President Trump’s criticism of the testimony you and other intelligence leaders provided to Congress yesterday was extraordinarily inappropriate and will undermine public confidence in the U.S. government’s efforts to protect our national security and preserve U.S. power and influence abroad,” Schumer wrote.
During Tuesday’s Senate hearing, the intelligence agency heads testified that Iran, while still a global menace, is complying with the Obama-era agreement designed to prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons. Trump ridiculed that assessment and the intelligence leaders themselves in his tweets.
“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump wrote. He also wrote: “They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There [sic] economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran.”
Trump added: “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
In his tweets Wednesday, Trump also took issue with testimony about North Korea and the Islamic State terrorist group.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump for his tweets that took aim at intelligence officials.
“The president doesn’t seem to have the attention span or the desire to hear what the intelligence community is telling him,” she said.