Former US intel chiefs fire back at Trump’s controversial remarks on Russia’s election meddling


  • Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pushed back against President Donald Trump’s stance on Russian interference in the 2016 election. “
  • Brennan said that Trump was trying to “delegitimize” the US intelligence community and that, considering Trump was the source of the criticism, he saw it as a “badge of honor.

    “It’s puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that and embrace it, and also push back hard against Mr. Putin,” Brennan said.

    Putin has frequently praised Trump and Brennan appeared to allude to that Sunday, when he told Tapper that Trump “can be played” by anyone willing to cater to his ego.

    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Tapper that it was “naive” for Trump to think Russia could be of help to the US on any of those issues. “

    He also slammed Trump for attacking Clapper, who served in the military for 35 years, on Veteran’s Day.

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