Clapper said Putin appeared to be using his past experience and training as a KGB officer in “managing a pretty important account,” referring to Trump.
In his sharpest critique yet, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper characterized President Donald Trump as an “asset” to Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
“Yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia thanking our country for the intelligence that our CIA was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack,” Trump said. ”
During Monday’s interview on CNN, Clapper said that the US and Russia had shared intelligence of that nature for quite a while and that Putin’s phone call to Trump seemed “theatric” and was “illustrative of what a great case officer” he is. ”
Trump has long expressed both admiration for Putin as well as a desire to foster closer ties with Russia.
Like Trump, Putin often denounces the independent press, and he recently criticized the Russia investigation as being “invented by the people who stand in opposition to Mr. Trump to present his work as illegitimate.