Former CIA Director James Woolsey Leaves Trump Transition Team
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:32
A source close to Woolsey told NBC News he felt increasingly uncomfortable with the Trump transition's decision-making on matters of intelligence, but a transition spokesman rejected those claims as false.
"Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Advisor to President-Elect Trump or the Transition. And I wish him well, but I'm not really functioning as an adviser anymore", he said.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed Thursday he will no longer be a member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. "To be called "senior adviser" and your opinion is not sought is something he can not handle". Woolsey was also reportedly taken aback by reports that Trump is planning to overhaul the intelligence framework of the country, according to people close to Woolsey.
Also Thursday, The Washington Post reported that us intelligence agencies have electronic proof that high-level officials in Moscow's government jubilantly celebrated and congratulated themselves immediately following Trump's win in November.
Woolsey has been a key player in the national security firmament since the late 1970s, when he served as undersecretary of the Navy in the Jimmy Carter administration. "When I'm on the [television] screen, everybody announces that I'm a former Central Intelligence Agency director and that I'm a Trump adviser and I'm really not anymore".
"Woolsey said he has been a "'Scoop Jackson, ' "Joe Lieberman", Democrat all of my adult life", but he cited Trump's "commitment to reversing the harmful defense budget cuts signed into law by the current administration" as a reason he is supporting the Republican nominee.
There has been no official word yet on who will replace Woolsey.
Woolsey joined the Trump campaign last September, issuing a statement commending Trump's plans to grow and modernise the military.
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