Trump wants Jewish billionaire to vet spy agencies

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with teachers school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC

The claim was originally made by John Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst, writing in a column for the New York Observer.

Schindler had written on Sunday that there was an increasing concern within the intelligence community over information security and the extent of the administration's ties to Russian Federation.

Trump officials also are urgently needed at State and the Pentagon.

Schindler, also a national security columnist for the Observer, had published an article earlier on Sunday, February 12, titled "The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins". The questions were about allegations that top Trump advisors were in "constant contact" with Russian officials before, during and after the Presidential election.

"It appears to me there has been a concerted effort to try to discredit not only General Flynn, but obviously, the entire Trump administration through him", D.W. Wilber, who has over 30 years of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department, told The Daily Caller.

In yet another controversial pick, President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped a billionaire businessman and major Republican campaign donor to review the government's intelligence agencies.

On Thursday morning, Trump sent off a series of tweets that seemed to be in response to the Wall Street Journal's story.

The extensive contacts drew concerns of US intelligence and law enforcement officials in part because it came at a time of Russian cyber activities targeting mostly Democratic Party political organisations.

The president has leveraged a hate-hate relationship with much of the political Fourth Estate since before he launched his improbable White House run two summers ago.

"What was wrong was the way that people, including yourselves, were given the information", Trump said Thursday, referring to the news media, during a wide-ranging White House press conference.

Members of the USA intelligence community are reportedly ready to "go nuclear" on President Donald Trump following his latest attacks against the intelligence community.

In a rambling speech at the CIA after his inauguration, Trump claimed that the media manufactured his pre-election clash with the intelligence community, a spin on his repeated questioning of the validity of their findings.

Mark Lowenthal, a former senior intelligence official, said that the characterization of the leaks as partisan politics makes him anxious about the fate of the nation.

To be clear, the sources told the outlet that, as far as they know, the president has been fully informed of all crucial security threats.

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