Sen. Ron Johnson Ronald (Ron) Harold JohnsonResearch Trump isn't the easiest decision for some Republicans cyberattack fears on the rise after shutdown, intel testimony Ocasio-Cortez on shutdown: "GOP senators should be scared for their jobs in 2020 'MORE (R-Wis.) Said Sunday that it's "imperative" for President Trump to the advice of the US intelligence community.
"There's an awful lot, so much tradition, and history and complexity of these foreign policy issues, you have to rely on people who have been working these issues for decades," Johnson said on "Fox News Sunday. "
"It's just imperative that you actually list to, for example, the CIA chief, the director of national intelligence," he continued. "These people have the real knowledge and you have to list to them."
Trump last week publicly rebuked his intelligence chiefs after they delivered testimony that contradicted the president's assessment of current affairs in Iran, North Korea and Syria.
CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Daniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump's strain with intel chiefs playing in public Pentagon draft report warns ISIS could regain territory in months without military pressure: report Telling truth to nonsense MORE testified before Congress that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran is complying with the Obama-era nuclear deal and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) still poses a grave threat.
The president blasted the leaders as "passive and naive," said "time will prove" he was correct, and later said Haspel and coats indicated the media had mischaracterized their comments.
" I have intel people, but that doesn't mean I have to agree, "Trump said in an interview to broadcast Sunday on" Face the Nation. "
Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , argued on "Fox News Sunday" that Haspelt and coats had testified Iran was currently in compliance, but he noticed that Tehran was posing a risk to the Middle East and the US
The difference between the intelligence community's assessment and Trump's was " blown way out of proportion, "Johnson said.