Information gathering for the United States is both incredibly important and incredibly dangerous. Donald Trump's predecessors understood this and treated intelligence with respect and care.
Robert Cardillo, the former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has served under 6 different presidents. However, it was Trump who inspired him to write a scathing comment in the Denver Post.
Cardillo spoke to Wolf Blitzer on Friday afternoon about his experiences with Trump. He told the CNN host, “I've never registered with any political party since I was eligible to vote. I continue to be independent and have chosen candidates I believe in in the past. I focused on their politics and not on their party. Before this election, I never spoke out for or against a candidate for office. But I can no longer be silent. "
The former Trump official continued:
"I informed him very closely – and I saw and felt the impact of his mistakes on the security of our nation. Out of respect for the confidentiality of Oval Office conversations, I will not provide any details. Suffice it to say that the person that you see as chairman of COVID-19 press conferences, the same is in the privacy of his office. He has little patience with facts or data that do not match his personal worldview. Therefore, the conversations are erratic and less thoughtful. "
Check out a clip of the conversation below, courtesy of CNN:
"He's only throwing away and discounting data, facts, and evaluations in ways that I believe endanger us." – Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, on President Trump's dealings with intelligence services https://t.co/03nTBiMqRX pic.twitter.com/OynFflkcVT
– The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 25, 2020
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