Republican lawmaker Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday was critical of President Trump's apparent show of division with top intelligence officials on Twitter.

Those officials testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday about potential threats to the United States and the world.

Many of the officials said their analyses contradict those of Trump, who has downplayed the same threats. In a series of tweets, Trump called out "the Intelligence people" over their contradictions with his administration and seemingly soft assessment of Iran.

Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said that while he agrees with Trump's assessment of Iran, the president's division with top intel officials isn't beneficial for America's presence on the world stage.


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"He's correct in principal about Iran, they're still a threat ... I just don't like putting this, call it dirty laundry or whatever, this disagreement with intelligence ... it is not helpful to put that out on Twitter," he said on America's Newsroom.

Kinzinger said Trump is very "introspective" when it comes to the Islamic State, and that he understands it must be defeated.

He said, though, that he disagrees with the president about the idea of a rapid pullout of troops in Syria.

"It is imperative for us to lean forward on this, to never give up," he said. "We're America. The only way we can be defeated is if we're defeated in our will."

Watch Sandra Smith's discussion with Rep. Kinzinger above.


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