Intelligence analysts in the intelligence community say they have been struggling with a lack of leadership and a reluctance to push back against the Trump administration’s intelligence recommendations.
The intelligence community has been under intense scrutiny since Trump took office.
Its top spy chief, James Clapper, was fired after he was caught lying to Congress about his conversations with the president.
The White House has accused Clapper of trying to influence the intelligence committee by leaking classified information to reporters, which he denies.
The White House also says the spy chief was fired for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into possible ties between Trump’s associates and Russia.
“They’ve been in the dark on all the intel that they’re supposed to be collecting,” said former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“I’m not sure how they’re going to respond to a report that comes out that’s not being kept under wraps.”
A former top intelligence official who worked closely with Clapper told ABC News that the intelligence chief’s refusal to cooperate was “disappointing.”
“We have a president that doesn’t care about his own intelligence,” said the former official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“And I think that’s a big problem, because you don’t have a national security team in place to do the kind of analysis and the sort of analysis that you need to do.”
Flynn was hired by Trump in January as the president’s national security advisor.
He has come under scrutiny for his connections to Russia and for comments he made about how Russia was trying to interfere in the 2016 election.
Trump fired Flynn in February after he misled the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
In his first statement about Flynn’s firing, the president said, “It is now up to the President to fire or not fire General Flynn.
General Flynn had no role in the transition of power or the decision to fire General Michael Flynn.”ABC News’ Jim Miklaszewski contributed to this report.