The new leader of Democrats in the Senate says Donald Trump is being “really dumb” for picking a fight with intelligence officials, suggesting they have ways to strike back, after the president-elect speculated Tuesday that his “so-called” briefing about Russian cyberattacks had been delayed in order to build a case.
“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening on MSNBC after host Rachel Maddow informed him that intelligence sources told NBC news that the briefing had not been delayed.
“So, even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” he added.
Source: Washington Examiner
Think about what Schumer said. He said the Central Intelligence Agency is more powerful than the elected President of the United States, and the President is a fool to challenge the CIA.
Is this compatible with democracy? with Constitutional government?
This is an example of the power of what’s been called the Deep State—interlocking institutions with power over public policy that are not accountable to the public.
Presumably President Obama was not such a “fool” as to take on the CIA, even if he disagreed with its conclusions. This would explain a lot about his decisions on foreign and military policy.