Dan Coats, director of National intelligence, said the US intelligence community has "been clear" in its assessments of Russian interference the in the 2016 election, describing their actions as "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy."
"We will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security," Coats said in a statement.
Here's the full statement:
The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers. We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.
A senior intel official said Coats made the decision to issue the statement after internal discussions this morning. The official said Coats and his team were presented with “a choice” after they received Trump’s comments and chose to move forward with a public statement in Coats’ name backing the intel assessment.
The official said the statement was not cleared with the White House.