Background Briefing: September 27, 2020
A Top Intelligence Official Warns Trump Decisions Are Not Based on Real-World Facts But on What’s Good For Him
We begin with the broadside from a senior intelligence official who has briefed Trump many times and is sounding the alarm that our commander-in-chief is a danger to U.S. national security because he inhabits his own world of alternative facts and cannot absorb factual real-world information critical to decision-making at the highest level. Malcolm Nance, a 33 year career intelligence officer with U.S. Special Operations, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies whose latest book is The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It, joins us. We discuss the warnings from Robert Cardillo, the former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the most secretive and important among the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. Cardillo is also a former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency who has served four Republican presidents and two Democratic presidents spending over 300 mornings in the Oval Office delivering the PDB, the President’s Daily Brief, and has spent over 1,000 hours in the White House Situation Room. Having briefed Trump up close, Cardillo is alarmed that Trump bases his decisions on uninformed instincts based on what’s in it for me, and he concludes that Trump comes up tragically short and that the American people should demand and deserve a leader who will put the country first.
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