Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Brennan Says It's 'Puzzling' Why Trump Keeps Downplaying Russia Interference

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk visit the Resurrection New Jerusalem Monastery at Istra outside Moscow Brennan Says It's 'Puzzling' Why Trump Keeps Downplaying Russia Interference
Kenny Thornton | 15 November, 2017, 12:22

John Brennan, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, added that Trump is letting Russian Federation get away with their interference in the elections.

Brennan said Trump's inability to say unequivocally Russia interfered in the the U.S. election, and tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be consequences if he attempts it again, is harming the US.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said during a press conference in Vietnam.

Trump's inability to distinguish the interests of his ego from those of his country explains his rapport with the Philippines' blood-stained president, Rodrigo Duterte, with whom he shares a disdain for the press, a loathing of former President Barack Obama, and a penchant for insulting people's mothers.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey, served under both Republican and Democrat governments. They don't (openly) say collusion is real, but it's awkward enough that they claim Moscow engaged in efforts to help the president win. No less an authority than Mike Pompeo, the President Trump-appointed Central Intelligence Agency director, has said there is certainty about Russian meddling. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the allegations, and the president has said that he took him at his word.

During his marathon trip in Asia, Trump spoke to Putin and told reporters Putin is "insulted" by the accusations. "He said he didn't meddle". "When I said that to Putin, his response was to me that 'we understand one another.' I wanted to make it clear to him that I understood where he was coming from, as long as he knew where I was coming from".

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that, ' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said of his conversation with Putin.

Trump is being grilled by former intelligence chiefs for his comments regarding the investigations on Russia's influence in last year's presidential elections. He later changed his phrasing on Sunday. "As to whether or not I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies, especially as now constituted with their leadership".

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