China, Russia Drive Increased Cyber-Threats to US

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Trump has challenged US intelligence agencies in the past, including casting doubt on their conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election to help him win the presidency.

In scathing tweets, the US President outlined the scale of the risk still posed by Tehran's nuclear ambitions and aggressive policies in the region. "They are wrong!" Trump said in a Twitter post.

In his tweets, Trump wrote that when he became president, the Islamic State "was out of control in Syria & running rampant".

Trump added in a subsequent tweet that Iran is "a source of potential danger and conflict".

King said his concern is it's one thing for the intelligence committee to know that this is happening but if they don't inform the people who are being victimized, who are being attacked. he thinks that really blunts the effectiveness of the availability of the intelligence.

President Donald Trump lashed out at his intelligence chiefs on Wednesday after they told Congress that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and that the Iran nuclear deal is working.

President Trump withdrew the USA in 2018 from a landmark deal on curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and has imposed stricter sanctions to try to thwart its actions.

The hearing took place weeks after Trump cited a victory over Islamic State to justify his sudden announcement of an immediate pullout from Syria, a move that alarmed the US defense establishment and allies in the Middle East.

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"It is a credit to our intelligence agencies that they continue to provide rigorous and realistic analyses of the threats we face", he said.

On Afghanistan, developments regarding which are closely followed by New Delhi, Trump wrote, "Negotiating are proceeding well in Afghanistan after 18 years of fighting ..." U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray were also there.

Coats was on a panel of top Trump administration intelligence officials who appeared before the Senate panel Tuesday to share assessments on an array of national security challenges.

It then cuts to Coats telling Congress on Tuesday that "ISIS is intent on re-surging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria". "They're headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step toward the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula but a brighter future for the North Korean (DPRK) people", Pompeo said.

"China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways - to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure", Mr Coats said. "You know, we signed an agreement!" We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly.

And on Iran, Coats said, "We do not believe Iran is now undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device".

The next pair of quotes dealt with North Korea's nuclear program.

Predicting a continuation - and potentially an escalation - of interference in US elections, he said "our adversaries and strategic competitors probably are already looking to the 2020 USA elections as an opportunity to advance their interests". "We go at the Moment that North Korea is trying to keep weapons of mass destruction, and it is unlikely that they will give up their nuclear weapons and production capacity completely".

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