Chuck Schumer threatened President-Elect Donald Trump that the nation’s intelligence community could “strike back” at Trump if he continues to criticize the agencies.
He said Trump was being “really dumb” for picking a fight with the spy agencies, saying they have ways to get back at him after Trump speculated that his “so-called” briefing about Russian cyberattacks had been delayed to strengthen their case.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the New York Senator said: “”Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” he said. “So, even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
Trump has been skeptical of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was almost certainly involved in a hacking attempt aimed at interfering with the U.S. election.
Over the weekend, he claimed he knew things that “other people don’t know” and that more information would be “soon on the way. You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.
The intelligence briefing was scheduled to be held mid-week, but Tuesday night, he said it had been delayed until Friday, and insinuated that the Intelligence Community needed more time to build their case.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Schumer’s not-so-veiled threat that the nation’s spooks might actually try to get “revenge” on Trump for his criticism is both beneath his office and insulting to the agencies themselves.
To suggest that one agency would “get back” at the president is not just wrong – it’s disgusting.