McCabe: Trump said ‘I don’t care, I believe Putin’ when confronted with US intel on North Korea

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabePresident TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE dismissed intelligence on North Korea given to him by U.S. officials, telling them, “I don’t care, I believe Putin.”Andrew George McCabeMcCabe’s 25th Amendment comments ‘taken out of context,’ spokeswoman says The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Kidney Care Partners – Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have ‘owned’ wearing a wire to record Trump MORE said that

Trump told officials in a meeting that he did not believe North Korean missiles could strike the U.S. mainland because Russian President Vladimir Putin told him those missiles did not exist, according to McCabe.

“Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses to which the president replied, “I don’t care. I believe Putin,”” McCabe told host Scott Pelley in an interview with 60 Minutes released Sunday.

McCabe said it was “astounding” that Trump would lean on Putin’s information on an issue intelligence was briefing him on.

“To spend the time and effort and energy that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision makers and the ultimate decision maker, the President of the United States- make policy decisions, and to be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and a unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking,” he said.

“I don’t care. I believe Putin,” Pres Trump allegedly said, rejecting U.S. intelligence regarding North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile capability. McCabe says he heard this from an FBI official who was at the meeting with POTUS. https://t.co/9zmoxrYNjm pic.twitter.com/lo0g9VOMAG

– 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 18, 2019

Excerpts from McCabe’s interview with Palley shared earlier this week drew criticism from Trump.

Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a “poor little Angel” when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe’s 25th Amendment comments ‘taken out of context,’ spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have ‘owned’ wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: ‘Thank God’ Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring ‘integrity’ back to DOJ MORE . I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of “insurance policy” in case I won….

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019

….Many of the top FBI brass were fired, forced to leave, or left. McCabe’s wife received BIG DOLLARS from Clinton people for her campaign – he gave Hillary a pass. McCabe is a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019