>> We have won against ISIS.>> President Trump on Wednesday is standing in defiance of the United States top intelligence officials. Calling them extremely passive and naive and suggesting that perhaps they should go back to school. Trump's harsh words come one day after the heads of the CIA, FBI and other security experts testified on Capitol Hill about global threats to the U.S., particularly those posed by ISIS and North Korea.
With Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats saying this about the rogue regime.>> We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its WMD capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities. Because it's leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.
>> To that, Trump on Wednesday responded in a Twitter rant that the US's relationship with North Korea is the best it's ever been, adding, I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly. Progress being made. Trump also contradicted intelligence leaders on their position on Iran. During testimony, those on the panel, which also included FBI Chief Christopher Ray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, said Iran is not taking steps towards making a nuclear bomb.
And appears to be still complying with the nuclear deal struck by Barack Obama in 2015 that Trump exited last year. Trump claimed Iran is testing rockets and are coming very close to the edge. The backlash to Trump's tweets came swiftly from former intelligence officials and Democrats. From Senator Mark Warner, the President has a dangerous habit of undermining the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality.
People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also broke ranks with Trump by pushing an amendment to a Middle East policy built Tuesday that essentially rebukes the president's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.>> My memo would acknowledge the plain fact that Al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to us here at home.
>> Trump defended his troop withdrawal on Twitter Wednesday, saying tremendous progress has been made and that the Caliphate will soon be destroyed.