Pat Ryan, who is running in a Democratic primary for New York’s 19th District and is a West Point graduate, was an Army intelligence officer for two combat deployments in Iraq. Ryan emphasized that the complexity of foreign policy “cannot be boiled down to 240 characters in a tweet.”
Reflecting on what it was like to be on the receiving end of an order to go to war, Ryan went as far to say that the President does not understand what is at stake with the threat of war.
“I think the President is way out of his depth,” he said.
Former intelligence professionals angered by what they view as attacks on the intelligence community by President Donald Trump are channeling their grievances by running for office in 2018.
Running as Democrats, these former intelligence officers are touting their experience as part of their pitch to voters in their respective districts across the country. In particular, they are taking aim at what they view as Trump’s attacks on the intelligence and national security community.
The President has repeatedly criticized the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and whether the Trump campaign was involved in any way in that interference. He has also openly questioned the assessment from intelligence agencies that Russia was involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
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