- - Sunday, January 7, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Trump continues to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments, and he continues to question U.S. intelligence agencies’ analysis of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Naturally, he does not want the validity of his election questioned, but his criticism of our intelligence agencies and the FBI poses a risk to national security.

The new FBI director, Christopher Wray, is reassigning the top echelon in the agency to purge it of agents whom Mr. Trump dislikes. This is quite similar to the operations of past and current foreign despotic rulers.

Mr. Trump and the rest of the country have to rely on our intelligence agencies and the FBI to provide information on our adversaries in the world. If the agencies do not trust the president, they might be adversely affected in doing their jobs. I heard that morale takes a hit at the agencies every time Mr. Trump criticizes them. Mr. Trump is disrupting our intelligence agencies and the FBI.

Unfortunately Russia, China and other countries know that Mr. Trump likes to be flattered, and they are more than willing to oblige in order to receive favorable treatment by our insecure president.

Our adversaries in the world are manipulating Mr. Trump to obtain concessions, and our national security is in jeopardy.

DONALD MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.


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