Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential organizations and one of the country’s driving knowledge specialists, surrendered Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump’s move group due to growing pressures over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies.
Woolsey’s resignation as a Trump senior consultant comes in the midst of dissatisfactions over the approaching organization’s national security arranges and Trump’s open remarks undermining the intelligence community.
“Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Advisor to President-Elect Trump or the Transition. He wishes the President-Elect and his Administration great success in their time in office,” Jonathan Franks, a representative for Woolsey, said in a statement
Woolsey suggested in a pair of cable TV interviews Thursday evening that he was just a casual guide to Trump, with obligations that included addressing the columnists about Trump and his national security policies.
Woolsey said on CNN that he would not like to “fly under false hues” anymore. “I’ve been an adviser and felt that I was making a contribution….. But I’m not functioning as an adviser anymore. When I’m on the [television] screen, everybody announces that I’m a former CIA director and that I’m a Trump adviser and I’m not anymore.”
People close to Woolsey said that he had been excluded in recent weeks from discussions on intelligence matters with Trump and resigned Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the approaching White House national security guide. They said that Woolsey had developed progressively uncomfortable loaning his name and validity to the move group without being counseled. Woolsey was shocked the current week’s reports that Trump is thinking about patching up the nation’s knowledge structure, said these individuals, who talked about the state of anonymity to talk candidly.
“Jim is very uncomfortable being considered an adviser in an area where one might consider him an expert when he is not involved in the discussions,” one individual near Woolsey said. “To be called ‘senior adviser’ and your opinion is not sought is something he cannot handle.”
Trump transition officials did not instantly react to a demand for input on Woolsey’s resignation.