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Former CIA Director Says Trump Is Being "Played" by Putin

Clapper Downplaying Russia threat a'peril to US Chip Somodevilla Getty Images James Clapper
Theresa Hayes | 12 November, 2017, 21:51

Trump later attempted to soften those comments, claiming, "I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

"POTUS embraces Putin yet again telling world he believes former KGB agent's denial of attack on our election over our own Intel public servants, calling them 'political hacks.' Disturbing and shamelessly unpatriotic, on Veterans Day no less", she tweeted on Saturday following Trump's comments. Comey's proven now to be a liar, and he's proven to be a leaker, so you look at that.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" alongside Brennan, Clapper said: "The threat posed by Russian Federation, as John just said, is manifest and obvious. And to try paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding, and, in fact, poses a peril to this country".

Update 12:55pm CT, Nov. 11: The CIA released a statement in response to Trump's claims, saying that Director Mike Pompeo stands by the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

For Brennan, such flip-flops by Trump on whether Russian Federation did or did not intervene are a function of foreign leaders playing Trump's ego and insecurities.

Asked about the investigations into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, Brennan would only say that he had spoken to investigators.

Clapper concurred, saying, "I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play him".

The CIA confirms allegations of Russia's interference in United States presidential elections past year.

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.

"The director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment entitled: 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.' The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed". "But he says, 'I didn't do that'". Trump's Asian tour continues in the Philippines.

"By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you're responsible for this, I think he's giving Putin a pass", former C.I.A. director John Brennan told C.N.N.'s State of the Union on Sunday, via The Washington Post.

He added that he felt "honored" to be associated with Clapper and Comey, and "considering the source of the criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honor".

"I found it particularly reprehensible that on Veterans Day Donald Trump would attack and impugn the integrity and the character of Jim Clapper, who served in uniform for 35 years", said the ex-CIA chief. "Who responded to the call of his country to go to Vietnam, flew in over 70 combat support missions over Vietnam", Brennan continued". "[John] McCain, really did put his life at risk because of this country's national security", Brennan said. "And I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".