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NYPD's Miller: Americans Should Have Great Confidence In Intelligence Community

July 17, 2018 - 11:28 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Should President Donald Trump have more confidence in the U.S. intelligence community than he seems to have displayed recently?

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb put that question to John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism for the NYPD.

“I have worked in the intelligence community within the director of national intelligence, within components of the IC like the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Miller said. “I think that we have some of the finest, most dedicated intelligence collectors and analysts on the planet earth.”

Miller added that there should be great confidence on the part of Americans in what the intelligence community says and assesses. But he underlined that he did not want to get involved in politics.

Following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Trump was criticized for openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit.

Trump seemed to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean.

His remarks, siding with a foe on foreign soil over his own government, was a stark illustration of Trump's willingness to upend decades of U.S. foreign policy and rattle Western allies in service of his political concerns. A wary and robust stance toward Russia has been a bedrock of his party's world view. But Trump made clear he feels that any firm acknowledgement of Russia's involvement would undermine the legitimacy of his election.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)