Trump doesn't say if he has confidence in intel leaders — live updates

Trump doesn't say if he has confidence in intel leaders — live updates


President Trump, in a meeting with American manufacturers to sign an executive order Thursday, didn’t answer directly when asked whether he has confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel. 

Mr. Trump bashed his intel leaders, although not by name, on Twitter Wednesday, saying his “intelligence people” should “go back to school.” That comment came after Haspel and Coats directly contradicted him in their testimony on Capitol Hill. Asked if he has confidence in Haspel and Coats on Thursday, the president responded, “I think time will prove me right.”

The president’s executive order on manufacturing follows devastating news regarding Foxconn. Mr. Trump, who pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs and personally helped break ground on the planned $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin, has yet to personally weigh in on Foxconn’s announcement this week that the campus will be a research hub instead of a blue-collar manufacturing center.

Foxconn, a major supplier of electronics for Apple, said it still plans to create 13,000 new jobs, but they won’t be the manufacturing jobs the president has touted. Mr. Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promoted the facility as evidence that they were helping bring back manufacturing to middle America and the U.S. 

The executive order the president is signing directs the head of each department and agency to administer a new program to encourage the recipients of new federal awards to use iron, aluminum, steel, cement and other manufactured products from the U.S. as much as possible, according to the White House. 

In his meeting with American manufacturers Thursday, the president claimed that China “has opened up because of us.” He added the U.S. “won’t have a deal” with China if it isn’t opened up to farmers and manufacturers. Still, the president said he thinks there’s a “good chance” the U.S. and China will make a deal.

“I think it has a very good chance of happening,” the president said. 

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