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Irony alert: In dissing intelligence community, Trump attacks his own

In Helsinki, President Trump said of meddling in the 2016 election:  "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia; I will say this: I don't say any reason why it would be." Tuesday, the day after, Trump said he meant to say the word "wouldn't."

To the readers of this paper and other print media, I want to let you in on a not-too-hidden secret of all the elite intelligence-gathering agencies of America like the CIA and NSA: They are staffed with people like you — very white, very conservative, mostly Republicans, and well-educated in a Euro-centric view of the world.

I am writing this in irony. It is ironic that those who work in the intelligence field overwhelmingly supported the current occupier of the White House. Most will and have admitted they suppressed their personal belief values and voted for him. Many did so with the foolish belief that he would use the intelligence provided better than President Barack Obama did who, by the way, did not look like them. Well, to use a phrase made popular by Dr. Phil, “How is that working for you?”

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Not only does President Donald Trump not value the dedicated service of agency linguists and analysts, insiders have come to realize that he relies more on Fox News and Breitbart rather than the true professionals of our intelligence services. He openly dismissed and is at odds with the heads of NSA, CIA, the DNI and the FBI regarding Russia's hacking and tampering in the 2016 election.Therefore, he is totally disrespecting the hardworking and dedicated service of people of his ilk.

During testimony before the Senate, the NSA director said it was “demoralizing to the agency for the president to dismiss their input.” Readers can dismiss me as just a hater of the president. Do so, but don't disregard comments from former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Former FBI chiefs. Again, they are all white, all conservative, all Republicans. They lead our professional national security network.

The network has a term, “They serve in silence.” I will not be silent when someone who has never served anything or anybody but himself insults those who do (“Trump returns to touting his summit with Putin a day after doing damage control,” July 18).

Lewis A. Bracy, Hanover

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