Ex-intel official says Trump frequently expressed skepticism, challenged facts in briefings

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A former Trump intelligence official who resigned in August after being passed up for a promotion has had some interesting things to say about her former boss.

But while the media, particularly Trump-obsessed CNN, have rushed to portray her remarks as a diss, that doesn’t actually appear to be the case.

Speaking at a gathering of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group on Tuesday, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan M. Gordon noted that President Donald Trump was often skeptical of her findings. However, she seemed to suggest that this willingness to question the narrative wasn’t a bad thing.

Listen closely to her full statement below:

I found him actually kind of a fun brief because he was interactive. He would challenge you,” she said to an interviewer.

When then asked what sort of questions and retorts he’d offer, she said that he’d most often say, “One, I don’t think that’s true.”

But while this admission spurred laughter from the audience, Gordon promptly rushed to Trump’s defense by pointing out that skepticism isn’t a bad thing.

[R]emember, intelligence is fundamentally a craft of uncertainty and possibility, so that doesn’t put you off,” she said, adding that her preferred method for dealing with his skepticism was to examine his sources and better understand HIS perspective.

“It’s trying to catch up to how you adjudicate the sources that led him to believe that and how you respond to it,” she explained.

That’s called being empathetic.

“So one is I’m not sure I believe that. And the other one is second and third order effects. Why is that true? Why are we there? Why is this what you believe? Why do we do that? Those sorts of things,” Gordon continued.

She did not seem critical of the president, yet the shameless propagandists at CNN were quick to portray her remarks as a scathing indictment of Trump:

Gordon also spoke about Trump’s admitted lack of official political experience and his willingness to accept news from non-establishment sources.

“He is probably the first president that arrived with no framework and a world that has massively available information with infinite people offering opinion that ofttimes sound the same but in fact are grittier, because they don’t have to have the same standard,” she said.

She then broached his focus on the economy.

“And he’s different because he is much more economic in the way he sees the world,” she noted. “And the intelligence community traditionally is much more political, military, purposefully so. And so we were scrambling a bit to try and produce intelligence that was foundationally useful for someone who was interested in making trades and deals, and be able to explain how we see the world when we were all the things that other people had been.”

It sounds like, despite the president’s different approach toward intelligence, Gordon made a sincere effort to work with him.

Her approach contrasts sharply with that of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and the White House’s former top Russia analyst, Fiona Hill, both of whom reportedly actively sought to undermine the president’s agenda.

As pointed out earlier, Gordon’s remarks did not appear to be negative. They appeared to just be candid observations that could be interpreted either positively or negatively. And because CNN is nothing but a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, of course it interpreted them negatively. As did the most fervent of left-wing activists:

But for those Americans capable of thinking outside the Democrat Party’s preferred ideological bent, Gordon’s remarks about Trump seemed rather refreshing.

Observe:

Exactly. But remember, according to the propagandists in the mainstream establishment media, skepticism any kind is wrong, except of course if it involves being skeptical that Trump legitimately won the 2016 election. That sort of speculation and blatant conspiracy theorizing is perfectly ok, apparently.

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