Former CIA Director John Brennan said on CNN’S State of Union that it’s very clear Russians interfered in the 2016 election and it’s still puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that and embrace it, and push back hard against Mr. Putin which comes one day after President Trump sparked some controversy with reporters by refusing to criticize Putin following his 2nd informal meeting with the Russian leader in Vietnam.
Yesterday President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that Russian President Putin was “insulted” by the election meddling allegations which Trump described as “artificial” and “set up by the Democrats,” a view not shared by the U.S. intelligence community that previously concluded Russian meddling during the 2016 election was orchestrated at the highest level by the Russian government and was aimed at boosting the chances of President Trump to become elected to the White House.
Former CIA Director Brennan criticized President Trump for failing to acknowledge the threat to democracy coming from Russia.
“The Russian threat to our democracy and our democratic foundations is real” Brennan said on CNN’s State of the Union.
Brennan explained that Trump knows that the intelligence agencies, specifically CIA, NSA, and FBI, the ones responsible for counterintelligence, have already said that it’s very clear that the Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.
Asked about what he makes of Trump’s comment yesterday aboard Air Force One concerning President Putin feeling “insulted” about the election meddling accusations, Brennan said that for whatever reason President Trump is either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations.
Brennan voiced criticism at President Trump for attacking the character of former U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper on Veteran’s Day before journalists on Air Force One and pointed out his 35 years of service in the U.S. military that included him flying 70 combat missions over Vietnam.
Former U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said on CNN’S State of the Union that he doesn’t understand the ambiguity over the meddling issue because the threat posed by Russia is manifest and obvious, and has been for a long time.
Clapper admitted that President Trump “fosters that ambiguity” and explained that since the publication of their intelligence community assessment on January 6th, the more recent evidence that has surfaced “reinforces the depth and magnitude and scope and the aggressiveness of the Russian interference,” including an astute usage of social media.
“Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy, and our whole process. And to try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and, in fact, poses a peril to this country” Clapper said.
Clapper pointed out that the Russians are in violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty and don’t harbor good intentions towards the United States.
He also said that the Russians are embarking on a very aggressive modernization of their strategic nuclear forces, including a very capable counterintelligence space program.
“They only had one adversary in mind when they do this” Clapper said.
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