Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Foreign Leaders Manipulating Trump's Insecurities Is National Security Issue — Former CIA Director

Foreign Leaders Manipulating Trump's Insecurities Is National Security Issue — Former CIA Director

"I think the intelligence community, law enforcement, have their counterintelligence antennae up all of the time, and i think we did a pretty admirable job", Brennan said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo stands by USA intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, the agency said Saturday, despite President Donald Trump saying he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says his country didn't interfere.

In his defense of the Russian president, Trump indicated that it would be better for the USA and Russia to have a good relationship, because the Kremlin could help the US with North Korea-a problem many believe Trump himself is exacerbating with his insulting tweets directed at Kim Jong Un. Now two former directors of national intelligence groups say that Putin is "playing" Trump for a fool by appealing to the American president's ego.

"He said he didn't meddle. They're not", Mr. Clapper said. "I asked him again". Putin has said some marginally nice things about Trump, and Putin makes time to meet with Trump whenever possible. I just asked him again. "He said he didn't meddle, he said he didn't meddle".

"The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed". "President Trump is not getting played by anybody".

Trump also said that he hoped to cooperate with Russian Federation on hot button issues like the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the looming threat of a nuclear-capable North Korea.

Clapper and Brennan were on with CNN in an interview subsequently published on YouTube, and Brennan in particular has made some scathing remarks about the president.

"I do believe in my heart that the men and women of the intelligence community will continue to convey truth to power, even if the power ignores the truth", said Clapper.

"I think it's very naive and in fact perilous to this country to make an assumption that Russian Federation is going to behave with the best interest of the world or certainly the United States".

Brennan noted that he, Clapper, and Comey did not author the January report, saying other intelligence officers did.

Trump on Saturday reignited the controversy, when reporters asked if he discussed Russian interference with Putin while meeting at the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam.

They also defended each other.

"Having a good relationship with Russian Federation is a great, great thing. But he says, 'I didn't do that'".

But Trump's continued willingness to build closer ties with Russian Federation - especially as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the election - is peculiar at best.

"The president called the both of you and [former] FBI Director James Comey political hacks", Tapper stated. Trump called Comey a "liar" and a "leaker" and suggested Putin's credibility was stronger than theirs.

"Well first of all he was referring to us and political hacks because he was trying to delegitimize the intelligence community assessment that was done", Brennan told CNN's "State of the Union".

"And like Sen. [John] McCain, [he] really did put his life at risk because of this country's national security", said Brennan.

"And to impugn the character of somebody like Jim Clapper on Veteran's Day, who has dedicated so much of his life to this country, I just find that outrageous", he added.

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