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Biden visit to intelligence community headquarters 'inherent contrast' with Trump, White House says

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President Joe Biden is dropping into the country's intelligence hub this week, but the excursion has not been scheduled to take a direct dig at former President Donald Trump, according to the White House.

Biden's briefing at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday is taking place after public tensions between Trump and members of the intelligence community.

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"He will go there to receive an update on their work but also to thank them for their work during what has been no doubt a challenging time for members of the intelligence community over the last several years," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.

Biden believes members of the intelligence community, a network of federal agencies and contractors focused on national security and foreign policy, are civil servants and the government's "backbone," according to Psaki. The president will emphasize that during a speech Tuesday rather than concentrating on Trump, she said.

"I think you can all make the inherent contrast. I don't think that will be a central part of his message tomorrow," she added.

The outing has been framed as an opportunity for Biden to "express his admiration" for the intelligence community and "underscore the importance for our national security of intelligence collection and analysis free from political interference," according to White House guidance.

Trump's relationship with members of the intelligence community soured after the then-commander in chief sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the U.S. government's assessments that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election.

After their 2018 summit in Helsinki, Trump said during a joint press conference he had yet to see any compelling evidence why Russia would have sought to influence the 2016 election.

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Trump also said that former special prosecutor Robert Mueller's federal Russia investigation was a "disaster," reiterating that he ran a "clean campaign" and there had been "no collusion."

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