The Washington Post got a little more detail on Trump’s firing of Joseph Maguire as his acting Director of National Intelligence.
Specifically what he said when confronting Maguire about the briefing his aide provided to Congress.
Here it is courtesy of WaPo:
Trump erroneously believed that Pierson (A DNI official) had given the assessment exclusively to Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, people familiar with the matter said. Trump also believed that the information would be helpful to Democrats if it were released publicly, the people said. Schiff was the lead impeachment manager, or prosecutor, during Trump’s Senate trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter. Trump’s suspicions of the intelligence community have often been fueled by Nunes, who was with the president in California on Wednesday when he announced on Twitter that Grenell would become the acting director, officials said.
Trump became angry with Maguire and blamed him for Pierson’s remarks when the two met the next day during a special briefing for Trump on election security attended by officials from other agencies, but not Pierson.
At that briefing, Trump angrily asked Maguire why he had to learn of what Pierson had said from Nunes and not from his own aides, according to administration officials with knowledge of the meeting. He said that Maguire should not have let the Capitol Hill briefing happen — particularly before he received the briefing — and that he should not have learned about it from a congressman, said one administration official.
Trump told Maguire and other aides in the Oval Office that he did not believe Russia was interfering to help him or planning to do so, and that the intelligence community was getting “played,” according to an administration official with knowledge of the meeting. He said that the information would be used against him unfairly and that he could not believe that people were believing such a story again, reflecting his opinion that Russian interference in 2016 was a “hoax” made up by officials with a political agenda.
So Trump was not just upset because he erroneously believed that Adam Schiff had been provided a personal assessement of his own from the intelligence agencies, that Schiff could then use against him, but he still refuses to believe that Russia was behind the 2016 interference, and thinks that is all “fake news.”
Keep in mind who told Trump that Russia did not do it.
It was Vladimir Putin.
So even after all of this time Trump continues to trust a former Russian KGB agent over his own intelligence agencies.
I am not sure how many red flags it takes for Trump supporters to see the light, but currently, there are hundreds of them waving like mad for some attention.