The President-elect Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of the U.S. intelligence agencies, reports from the WSJ state that Trump is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, this has been prompted by a belief that it has become bloated and politicized.
The ODNI or Office of the Director of National Intelligence was established in 2004 to mainly boost coordination between intelligence agencies following the Sept. 11,2001 terror.
There has been a turbulence between the American Intelligence agencies and the president-elect Trump and hence this planning happens to be very strategic. Donald Trump has leveled a series of social media attacks in the recent past against the U.S. Intelligence apparatus, he’s often dismissed and mocked their assessment since most their allegations are baseless and without concrete evidence – claims that the Russian government was behind the hacked John Podesta and Democratic groups and then shared them with WikiLeaks to tip the election against Hillary Clinton.
In a report issued by the Journal, key to those top advisers that are helping led Mr. Trumps plan to restructure the intelligence agencies is his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency before being eliminated by DNI James Clapper and other accomplices back in 2013. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) who Mr. Trump selected to be his CIA director is also involved in the palnning.
A source close to Trump’s transition team told the WSJ that it’s not just the ODNI, adding that Trump’s advisers are also working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency by pushing more people out into field posts around the world and cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters.