CIA Director Says Donald Trump’s Negative Words About Intel Community Could Undermine National Security

CIA Director John Brennan implored President-elect Donald Trump to put his confidence in the intelligence community and develop an “appreciation” for the effect his words could have on national security. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The CIA chief defended his agency and said in a Sunday interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace that the CIA was not trying to harm the incoming president or his team. Trump. It’s our responsibility to make sure they understand exactly the dangers that are out there,” Brennan said. “They are the ones that are going to be able to give him some wise counsel about what he needs to do and not be very spontaneous,” he said. “If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies, as well as our adversaries?” Brennan said. First on Twitter and then at his first news conference since July, Trump likened the leaks to “Nazi Germany.” Brennan called the Nazi reference “outrageous.”
“I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Brennan bristled at Trump’s public displays of contempt for the intelligence community and said Trump needed to understand his words could undermine national security. Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan arrives to testify before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Jan. 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. And with just a few days remaining in office, Brennan looked ahead to the incoming national security team, naming Trump’s picks for secretary of defense, CIA director and secretary of homeland security. Trump has slammed the intelligence community repeatedly over the past few weeks in response to what he said was unfair coverage caused by leaked information from intelligence officials. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community or leaking information that was already available publicly,” Brennan said. It’s about the United States of America.” “There is no interest in undermining the President-elect and the team coming in. “It’s more than just about Mr. “I don’t think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia’s intentions,” Brennan said, adding that Trump “does not yet” fully appreciate what embracing Russia might mean. The CIA director and formal deputy national security adviser to Obama also warned Trump on Russia, saying he did not believe Trump understood the threat of Russia, while also saying he hoped the Trump administration would be able to see an improvement in the US-Russia relationship.