President Trump’s attack on his intelligence chiefs following their worldwide threat briefing to Congress last month wasn’t supposed to be a comedy skit. Intended or not, the performance ranks among the best Laurel and Hardy impersonations in years. As National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, playing the guileless Laurel, briefed Capitol Hill, Trump, the mercurial Hardy, lambasted the spies as naïve, passive and seriously under-trained. The only thing missing was Hardy’s classic line: “Well, Coats, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me in.”
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