Report: Russia Wants President Donald Trump To Win

“I can affirm that one of my staffers who was aware of the controversy requested that I modify that assessment,” Coats told the Times. “But I said, ‘No, we need to stick to what the analysts have said.’”

The White House last year forced changes in intelligence warning conclusion that Russia wanted President Donald Trump to win, according to The New York Times Magazine.

Wording was dramatically weak regarding Russia’s strong support for President Donald Trump shortly after then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was compelled into early retirement when he declined to make the changes, the Times reported. The arranged document allegedly also spoke about Russia’s ongoing efforts to impact U.S. elections in 2020 and 2024.

“I can affirm that one of my staffers who was aware of the controversy requested that I modify that assessment,” Coats told the Times. “But I said, ‘No, we need to stick to what the analysts have said.’”

A short time later, Coats was astonished to read in a tweet by Donald Trump that he was being forced into early retirement, several weeks before he planned to step down on his position, the magazine reported. The language was changed after Coats left, according to the Times.

The report, known as a National Intelligence Estimate, was arranged by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in July 2019, and made several “key judgments” concerning national security issues. “Key Judgement 2” concluded that Russia was strongly backing Trump to win in 2020.

But any idea that Russia supported Trump made the president very angry, the magazine reported, and top aides “went to considerable lengths to keep the topic of Russian election interference off the president’s agenda.”

After Coats left, the intelligence report was changed to say that “Russian leaders probably assess that chances to improve relations with the U.S. will diminish under a different U.S. president,” the Times reported. The new language was far less pointed and made it sound like the Kremlin’s preference for Trump was a good thing for America.

But a new U.S. intelligence assessment unveiled last week that Russia not only favors Trump, but is still actively working to impact the election.

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The Kremlin is using a “range of measures” to “denigrate” and “undermine” presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement released Friday. “Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television,” the statement added.

President Donald Trump dismissed the speculation.

“I don’t care what anybody says,” Trump told reporters when questioned about the latest assessment. “I think that the last person Russia wants to see in office is Donald Trump because nobody’s been tougher on Russia — ever.”

In fact, Trump’s dismissal to protest to or punish Russia for anti-American actions continues to astonish observers. Trump has said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election, even though the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that it did so in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” in a bid to sweep the vote in Trump’s favor.

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Trump has also previously failed to punish Russia following announcement that the country was paying reward to Taliban-linked militia members to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. He failed to even address the matter in a recent conversation with Putin.

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