Two former top comprehension officials pronounced President Trump is getting “played” by Russian President Vladimir Putin with his denials of division in the 2016 election.
“I consider he’s giving Putin a pass. And we consider it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by unfamiliar leaders who are going to interest to his ego and to try to play on his insecurities,” former CIA executive John Brennan pronounced Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The manipulation, he said, is “very, very worrisome from a inhabitant confidence standpoint.”
On Air Force One Saturday, Trump pronounced he believes Putin is frank in his denials that Russia meddled with the presidential election. “Every time he sees me, he said, ‘I didn’t do that.’ And we believe, we really trust that when he tells me that he means it,” he said.
In the same remarks, he called Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper “political hacks.”
Trump after sought to clarify, observant at a press discussion hours after that while he thinks Putin means what he says, he doesn’t indispensably trust him. He pronounced he trusts U.S. comprehension assessments, which found that Russia did interfere.
Clapper, appearing on CNN with Brennan Sunday, resolved that the President is getting played by the Russian leader.
“Putin is committed to undermining the system, the democracy and the whole process. And to try to paint it in any other way is, we think, strange and, in fact, poses a hazard to this country,” he said.
“I do consider both the Chinese and Russians consider they can play him.”
Brennan pronounced he wasn’t worried by Trump’s insult. “Considering the source of the criticism, we consider that critique a badge of honor,” he said.
“Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, possibly intimidated by Mr. Putin, fearful of what he could do or what competence come out as a outcome of these investigations. So it’s very worrisome,” he said. “It’s possibly naivete, stupidity or fear.”
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, appearing after on the same show, slammed the former comprehension leaders.
“Those were the many ridiculous statements. President Trump is not getting played by anybody,” he said.
He suggested downplaying the Russian misdeeds was a tactic meant to inspire Russian team-work in North Korea and Syria. “Those are areas we need to work together with Russia and get them on house with the strategy,” he said.
Marc Short, the White House executive of legislative affairs, stressed that the President does trust a Jan 2017 comprehension comment that resolved Russia had interfered with the vote, yet he downplayed the Russian actions as merely “buying Facebook ads” and pronounced the election outcome was not affected.
Intelligence agencies found Russia was behind hacking of Democratic officials’ e-mails, as good as formulating feign social media accounts posing as Americans commenting on the election.
“The President does not disremember that. He sealed the commercial that pronounced that there was meddling. We’re not denying that or observant it’s not important,” Short said. “There is 0 justification of any list being impacted by Russian interference.”
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