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Monday, February 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says.

Brennan’s comments, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” laid bare the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding.

The CIA director said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he takes the oath of office on Friday, alluding to his penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound,” Brennan said.

“It’s more than just about Mr. Trump. It’s about the United States of America.”

Trump last week accused the intelligence community of leaking information about an unsubstantiated report on compromising information the Russians have accumulated against Trump. On Twitter, he accused intelligence agencies of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

“What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan said. “I do take great umbrage at that.”

Brennan also questioned the message it sends to the world if the president-elect broadcasts he does not have confidence in the United States’ own intelligence agencies.

For months, Trump had publicly doubted U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia was behind cyber attacks against Democratic political groups before saying in a news conference on Wednesday that he thinks Russia was behind the hacking.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded in a report presented to President Barack Obama and Trump last week that Russia tried to sway the outcome of the Nov. 8 election by hacking and other means. It did not make an assessment on whether they were successful.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

IMAGE: CIA Director John Brennan prepares to testify to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on “Russia’s intelligence activities” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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10 responses to “Outgoing CIA Director Rebukes Trump For Twitter Use”

  1. As we transition from President Obama’s tenure, a moment of fresh air which will have lasting positive effects, we now have to brace for an era of abject depravity, highlighting the depths of decadency any human can descend to in the person of Donald J. Trump, the 1st Emperor of America.
    Trump’s decadence will earn him the right to be placed in a Hall of Shame of Humanity alongside Andrew Jackson, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Emperor Bokassa, “Pappa Doc”, and similarly deranged personalities.

    And thankfully, we have Trump to stand before us for 4 or less years, as a constant reminder that the nation must do better.

    From an era of relative sublimity, we enter a period of definite profanity.

    The latest SNL skit is worth examining—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkhZq7OxYEg— as a refresher and interesting perspective about the abyss of a hellish condition his lordship has descended into.

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      Aaron, you could also add William Henry Harrison to that list. That was a man who make his fame killing Native Americans. Fortunately we only had to deal with a 41 day Presidency from him. We should be so lucky with the incoming.

    • Dan S says:

      Irony is I hadn’t watched SNL in ages. Suddenly there’s Alec Baldwin masterfully portraying Trump as he truly is. Of course the King of Twitter is none too pleased with his performance and like clockwork by the next day there’s DJT ridiculing SNL and Baldwin as sad and pathetic. Now I’m watching SNL again every week thanks to Trumps whining ????

  2. FireBaron says:

    But Mister Brennan, don’t you realize that Teflon Donnie knows more than all of the intelligence agencies? He must. He said so on Twitter and it is now on the internet so it must be true!

  3. joeg2028 says:

    We are SOOO screwed. The only solution is the new three Rs: resistance, revolution, and ridicule.

  4. FT66 says:

    Where are those who were screaming that Hillary put the country in danger, by using her private server? Can’t they see now where the really danger lies. Trump is the person who will sink the country into deep danger according to his unfiltered talks and tweeting ?

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