Trump on North Korean Missiles: ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin’
Last night’s interview of former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe on ’60 Minutes’ was a shocker for many reasons.
Whether it was the fact that McCabe said that Rod Rosenstein had sought to try and invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president from office, or the fact that McCabe clearly said that he was fired for investigating the president, Mr Trump certainly couldn’t have been happy watching CBS last night.
With that said, one part of the interview stood out more than anything else last night, and that may be because it wasn’t covered in the media until last night:
‘I don’t care. I believe Putin’
That was Mr. Trump’s comment in a meeting with top intelligence officials about North Korea’s intercontinental missile capabilities. During the meeting the intelligence officials, including an anonymous FBI agent, who relayed the details of the discussion to McCabe, he tried to warn the president that North Korea possessed missiles capable of striking the United States.
“The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of North Korea. And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And 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 his colleague informed him.
That’s when the President’s one-liner took those at the meeting by surprise.
“Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses,” McCabe said. “To which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin.'”
’60 Minutes’’ Scott Pelley asked McCabe his thoughts on Mr. Trump’s comments.
“It’s just an astounding thing to say,” McCabe told Pelley. “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 an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking,” McCabe explained.