On Friday the Washington Post reported that the CIA secret assessment concluded that in this past presidential election the Russian government worked primarily to harm Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump’s campaign rather than undermine general confidence in the U.S. electoral system.
The Trump transition team responded the same day by dismissing the findings, saying that: “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”
The Trump transition team now also explains how the CIA can be right:
As we said in our original statement, these [the CIA] are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. What we mean is because the CIA made that one mistake in their assessment leading to the Iraq war, they can never again be right, especially when it conflicts with the President-elect’s wishful thinking.
We can only reaffirm that President-elect Trump is someone who takes his wishful thinking very seriously and expects all intelligence agencies and everyone else to take his wishful thinking very seriously also. He will not show any leniency to anyone who might dare to damage the quality of his wishful thinking with their facts and logic.
On the other hand, there is still a way for our intelligence community to be right again and accepted by the new administration. All they have to do is to reach conclusions which are pleasing to President Trump or his closest advisors who have a similarly very unforgiving policy against any attempts to spoil their wishful thinking with facts.
This is how we will move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”
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