WASHINGTON (Agencies): Former U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled his intention to undertake sweeping reforms within the U.S. intelligence community if he is re-elected in November. These plans have raised concerns among agencies that once baselessly accused him of ties to Russia.

During his first term, Trump attempted to revamp intelligence agencies, and it appears he is likely to re-up those plans and push even harder to replace individuals perceived as hostile to his political agenda with inexperienced loyalists. Such a move could lead to an unprecedented level of politicization of intelligence, potentially undermining the credibility of American intelligence at a critical time when the U.S. and its allies rely on it to navigate global crises.

The proposed overhaul could empower Trump’s top subordinates to shield him from information that doesn’t align with his politics and even alter the wording of assessments with which he disagrees. While intelligence agencies are never completely divorced from politics, this level of reform could significantly impact their ability to dissuade the president from decisions that might jeopardize national security.

Experts and former officials emphasize that Trump’s demands for “loyalty” within the intelligence community carry dire risks. If he is cavalier with classified information, it could endanger those who supply crucial intelligence. The potential consequences of such reforms are far-reaching, affecting not only the agencies themselves but also the nation’s security posture.

While the media has covered Trump’s intentions, many former officials believe the extent to which he could reshape the intelligence community remains underestimated. Fiona Hill, a top Russia adviser during Trump’s administration, warns that “if he guts the intel on one thing, he’ll be partially blinding us” to critical threats.

As the election approaches, the prospect of a second Trump presidency has the intelligence community on edge, and the potential implications of these reforms warrant close attention.

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