Donald Trump was dismissive of US intelligence agencies.
After Democrat Joe Biden won the U.S. presidential election, he has many serious challenges ahead of him. One of such tasks for the new U.S. leader will be to restore the reputation of the U.S. intelligence agencies, which was actually destroyed by President Donald Trump. U.S. intelligence services are preparing for life after Trump, The Economist magazine writes.
“All the work of the intelligence community is to find the truth and provide credible information without worrying about what the leader wants to hear,” explains Maine Angus King, a senator.
Most presidents appreciate such intelligence independence, but this cannot be said about President Donald Trump. Over the past four years, he has “fought” with U.S. intelligence agencies and replaced professionals with unqualified successors.
Former deputy director of the Intelligence Directorate of the U.S. Defense Department, Doug Weiss, believes that Trump has damaged morale in the agencies and encouraged America’s enemies.
The Biden administration will have to fix all the damage, while also responding to new threats.
Biden’s first steps are promising. He wants national security officials to be completely honest with him, “tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to know. While Trump was worried national american intelligence would “not cause him any problems.
Besides having to work to restore the reputation of the American intelligence “at home,” Biden needed to restore the effective exchange of intelligence between the countries of the “five eyes” – America, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
Non-American intelligence agencies have recently been more cautious than usual in what they tell the White House, as they have tried to avoid Trump’s “presidential hysteria.
Moreover, Trump’s neglect of his own scouts actually encouraged America’s enemies. His carelessness with classified information can make cooperation with foreign intelligence more difficult for the United States.
The professionalism of the national security team that Biden is already starting to assemble may calm the nerves of Americans, but rebuilding America’s reputation will be difficult.
But challenges “unrelated to Trump” may prove even more difficult for Biden. After two decades of continuous focus on the fight against terrorism, U.S. intelligence agencies are redirecting resources and attention to the “great powers” of competitors, primarily China. This requires different skills and capabilities than those of the war against jihadists. In addition, new challenges for intelligence are thrown by social networks and the media, summarizes the publication.
Earlier we also reported that the entourage advised Trump to prepare for defeat, and Joe Biden is confident in winning the presidential elections in the United States.