Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday she was "stunned" that President Donald Trump publicly chastised top USA intelligence officials by saying they were "naive" after they disputed several of his claims of foreign policy success.
Additionally, North Korea released a bombshell statement in December, saying they won't give up their nuclear weapons unless the US does so first.
But in testimony to the Senate on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats offered a less optimistic view, noting that "ISIS still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria. and thousands of dispersed supporters around the world, despite significant leadership and territorial losses".
Trump hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with the North Korea and told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday that the date and location of a second summit with Kim would be announced "early next week" and probably during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. "Their testimony was distorted". A false narrative is so bad for our Country.
Mr Trump has frequently clashed with leaders of the United States intelligence community throughout his time in office, and some were quick to hit back at his comments, including former CIA director John Brennan - who had his security clearance revoked by Mr Trump after he was critical of the President.
"Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!" he wrote. Video of the hearing was posted on the committee's web site.
That Trump makes public its own intelligence services (of which he is briefed every Morning) is not new. "I think that part of being a responsible public servant and a leader is to listen to different opinions and to understand and to ask in depth what is going on instead of putting them down".
"It is a credit to our intelligence agencies that they continue to provide rigorous and realistic analyses of the threats we face", he said.
"[Trump] needs to decide which take is his - but more to the point, politicizing the intelligence apparatus is not only unprecedented but risky", Price added.
It was not the first time Trump has publicly doubted his national security experts.
But this week's episode has seen some of the fiercest criticism yet from the president. Vietnam said last week it had not been informed about any time or venue for a possible Trump-Kim summit, but that it was confident in its ability to host such a meeting.
"No, I disagree with certain things that they said", Trump replied. "I think Iran is a threat".
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the intelligence committee defended the officials.
The threat assessment compiled by the intelligence community also appeared to be at odds with much of Mr. Trump's foreign policy viewpoints, particularly his declaration that the USA has been victorious in its battle against ISIS in Syria. Mark Warner, D-Va., the panel's vice chairman.
The meeting between Trump and Kim, if held as scheduled, will be the two leaders' second face-to-face encounter following their meeting in Singapore last June.