Donald Trump touts progress on North Korea and ISIS, after intelligence officials warn Congress

January 30, 2019 GMT

President Trump touted his accomplishments on the International stage Wednesday morning, after three top intelligence officials contradicted some of the claims in front of Congress.

“North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with U.S. No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of Denuclearization,” he tweeted.

On Tuesday, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that it was “unlikely” that North Korea would dismantle all of its nuclear weapons program.


Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet for the second time in February.

“I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly,” the president tweeted. “Progress being made - big difference!”

Mr. Trump also boasted about the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, being nearly wiped out, compared to the previous administration.

“Since then tremendous progress made, especially over last 5 weeks. Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago,” he wrote.

However, his intelligence officials determined that ISIS still has the capability and will most likely continue to launch attacks from Iraq and Syria against the U.S. and its allies in the region. They stressed that the terrorist group could resurge if the U.S. presence is reduced.

“ISIS still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria, and it maintains eight branches, more than a dozen networks and thousands of dispersed supporters around the world, despite significant leadership and territorial losses,” their assessment noted.

The president also mentioned the negotiations between U.S. officials and the Taliban to potentially end the war in Afghanistan.

“Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never ending war. We will soon see if talks will be successful?” Mr. Trump wrote.

Guy Taylor contributed to this report.