A CIA analyst who resigned this month has gone public to say he did so out of concern over President Donald Trump’s treatment of the US intelligence community.
“I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional,” Edward Price, who had worked for the CIA since 2006, said in a column published by The Washington Post on Monday.
In his column, Price expressed his disbelief with the manner in which Trump — both as a candidate and as president-elect — criticized the US intelligence community over its conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the US election.
Trump has more than once called out specific agencies like the CIA in tweets. Price pointed to one specific occasion in which Trump visited the CIA the day after he was inaugurated:
“Standing in front of a memorial to the CIA’s fallen officers, he seemed to be addressing the cameras and reporters in the room, rather than the agency personnel in front of them, bragging about his inauguration crowd the previous day.”
Price insisted his decision to resign was not partisan, saying he had served “with conviction” under President George W. Bush. Price said Trump’s decision to add White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council’s principals committee also contributed to his decision to leave the CIA.
Price urged the Trump administration to rebuild trust with the US intelligence community by acknowledging its contributions that inform public policy.