Thune Thinks President Needs To Trust Security Information More From Aides

(WNAX) — US intelligence officials differ with President Trump on security risks facing the country. Their assessment finds ISIS still a threat in Syria, North Korea unlikely to give up its nuclear arsenal and that Iran is following the negotiated nuclear deal. The President then tweeted that the officials were “passive and naïve.” South Dakota Senator John Thune says the conclusions of those agencies should be respected…

“There are obviously disagreements about what’s the best policy with respect to what’s happening in Afghanistan and Syria and Iraq and places like that. We can have those differences of opinion, but when it comes to the people, the professionals in our Intelligence Committee, I think we need to treat them with the respect that they deserve and to listen very carefully to their counsel because it the best, like I said it’s the best judgement out there that we have.”
Thune says that information should be trusted…

“And I think the lesson that we’ve learned, historically is, that some of these things have to be condition-based, that you have to listen to your commanders on the ground and you have to listen to the judgment provided by your intelligence community and then you have to, you know, make a decision in regard to policy.”

Thune says there are clear differences of opinion…

“The President you know, clearly, is in a different place I think on some of these issues than a lot of the key leaders in the Congress and clearly has some different views than what his intelligence chiefs described yesterday, but you know, in the end; hopefully we’ll come up with policies shaped by leaders in Congress as well as the Administration that protect American interests both in those various regions and elsewhere around the world.”

Thune says the US only has so many chances to get it right.