A former CIA director is trying to unravel media spin over his announced “split” with Donald Trump.
James Woolsey, who had been advising the president-elect on national security issues, announced Thursday that he would no longer be involved with Trump or his transition team.
“Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Advisor to President-Elect Trump or the Transition. He wishes the President-Elect and his Administration great success in their time in office,” a spokesman for Woolsey said in a statement, according to The Hill.
But the notice got lost in translation as the media jumped on the news as a scoop of inside dirt on Trump and his incoming administration.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 6, 2017
James Woolsey will not stand by as the Trump plays its game with the intelligence community. https://t.co/rCEdncK3Cp
— Curtis Grant Pullin (@CurtisPullin) January 6, 2017
The unraveling begins https://t.co/RO41DnNMFs
— Derek Cressman (@DerekCressman) January 6, 2017
NEW: Former CIA director James Woolsey is no longer sr. adviser to Pres.-elect Trump; move comes amid tensions over pres.-elect & US intel.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 6, 2017
After Donald Trump targets CIA, his senior advisor Former CIA Director James Woolsey quits in protest https://t.co/nfXGnVq8Sd
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 6, 2017
James Woolsey has resigned from Trump transition. Sources say he was cut out of intel talks w/ Trump & Flynn, grew uncomfortable. Story TK
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 5, 2017
Big deal? Not according to Woolsey who said all the hoopla was over nothing.
“I didn’t want to fly under false colors. I’ve been and adviser, and felt that I was making a contribution, and I strongly support Mr. Trump for president — did since early September — and I wish him well,” he told CNN Thursday, clarifying that he has “not been functioning” as an adviser for Trump for a while and just wanted to remove the title.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey on not advising Trump anymore: I “didn’t want to fly under false colors” https://t.co/ljlMDNMRxP
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 6, 2017
“But I’m not really functioning as an adviser anymore, and so when I’m on screen everybody announces that I’m former CIA director and that I’m a Trump adviser, and I’m really not anymore. So I just thought I should strike that from the chyron … so nobody was under false impressions, that’s all,” he added.
Woolsey, who was named part of the national security advisory council in early October, denied that any of the media’s narratives were correct in assuming why he made the announcement.
He also appeared on Fox News Channels’ “The KellyFactor” to clarify his decision.
— Erika~America First! (@ms_erika74) January 6, 2017
BREAKING: MORE FAKE NEWS from the LIB MEDIA!!! Former CIA Dir James Woolsey says “I did NOT Resign!” +Says Intel NEEDS Reform!! Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/KBtzGBbo1E
— STOCK MONSTER ELECT (@Darren32895836) January 6, 2017
Twitter users were quick to slam the media for what they said was another example of biased and fake news.
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— rmc (@Thelast_try) January 6, 2017
@ms_erika74 Wow and that headline was run as a *breaking news* item.
— Deplorable CEC (@Truthdojo) January 6, 2017
— KGBAgentNachoBidnith (@NachoBidnith) January 6, 2017
@CNNPolitics He didn’t say he slpit w Trump team just that he’s not advising them any more. CNN is such a biased lying distorting network.
— Val Wayne (@valwayne) January 6, 2017
@CNNPolitics Wow, stunning
— Ronald Chapman (@RonaldChapman1) January 6, 2017
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