Trump Faults Spy Bosses As Break Widens Between What They Advise And What He Does

The president complained that his chiefs of the intelligence services were too "passive" and "naive" after a Senate hearing that underscored how often the White House rejects their assessments.
FBI Director Christopher Wray (from left); CIA Director Gina Haspel; Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats; and Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, arrive to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Source: Saul Loeb

Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET

President Trump governs despite what his national security advisers tell him and he doesn't care who knows it.

Trump on Wednesday rejected testimony by his top intelligence chiefs that, among other things, Iran is still technically complying with the terms of the nuclear agreement from which he has withdrawn the United States.

Comments like that by CIA Director Gina Haspel are "naive" and she and the other spy bosses are too "passive," the president tweeted Wednesday morning. Haspel and the other heads of the spy services "should go back to school!" he wrote.

Haspel also said Iran's leadership is assessing whether it should continue to abide by the nuclear agreement — "we

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