President-elect Donald Trump‘s group on Thursday denied stories that he ideas to restructure U.S. spy companies.
The Wall Road Journal reported Wednesday night time that the president-elect is working with top rated advisers on a system that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top rated spy agency. The newspaper cited a person of the people familiar with Trump’s preparing who said advisers are working on a system to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, reducing back staff members at its Virginia headquarters and pushing a lot more people out into subject posts.
Incoming White Home spokesman Sean Spicer explained to reporters in a Thursday call “there is no real truth to this concept of restructuring the intelligence group infrastructure.”
“All changeover routines are for info-gathering functions and all discussions are tentative,” Spicer said. “The president-elect’s top rated priority will be to make sure the safety of the American people and the safety of the nation, and he is committed to obtaining the finest and most productive ways to do it.”
National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified ahead of a Senate committee Thursday, indicating despite the fact that Russian hacking did not alter the true vote tallies of the presidential election, there was no way to gauge no matter if voters’ opinions ended up swayed by content leaked from individuals hacks.
Clapper also said Russia has obviously “assumed an even a lot more intense cyber posture,” and there is a forthcoming intelligence report that “will ascribe a enthusiasm” by Russian officials for individuals routines.
Trump had earlier expressed “healthier American skepticism” about U.S. intelligence conclusions, Vice President-elect Mike Pence explained to reporters Wednesday. Spicer elaborated on the daily changeover call, indicating Trump had faith in the intelligence facts, but not essentially each conclusion by intelligence officials.
In a tweet Thursday, Trump said he is a “big supporter” of the intelligence group.
A senior intelligence official explained to NBC on Thursday that President Barack Obama had received the U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and was briefed on it.
—CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report.