Brennan: Trump called us hacks to delegitimize intelligence report

Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.   Screenshot  CNN

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it is "very naïve" to believe Russian Federation has the best interests of the U.S.at heart.

Trump has sought to confute the US intelligence community's conclusions that Russian Federation, under Putin's specific orders, meddled in the 2016 United States Presidential Election to favor Trump and discredit the Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

The agency said it would have no further comment.

Brennan was joined on the show by former director of national intelligence James Clapper, who also agreed with Brennan's assessment that Trump is vulnerable to switching his conclusions based on pomp and circumstance.

"By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you are responsible for this, I think he's giving Putin a pass", Brennan said, according to The Washington Examiner.

Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

While giving credence to Putin's denials of involvement, Trump simultaneously insinuated that there is doubt about the findings of USA intelligence agencies, which have, in fact, determined conclusively that Russian Federation meddled in the elections.

"The president called the both of you and [former] FBI Director James Comey political hacks", Tapper stated. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. "I asked him again".

Putin's press secretary denies that Putin and Trump had ever discussed Russia's involvement in the election, but the two have met, and seemed friendly, a few times.

Trump, while speaking Sunday at a news conference in Hanoi, sought to clarify remarks he made a day earlier that suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin was being honest in his denials that Moscow engaged in election meddling.

"I'm with our agencies, especially as now constituted with their leadership", Trump said during the news conference held jointly with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang. I mean, give me a break. "And to try to pain in any other way is I think astounding and in fact poses a peril to this country", he added.

His remarks, which came near the end of Trump's marathon swing through Asia, amounted to the clearest statement yet of Trump's views about last year's election meddling issue.

"And I think his [Trump] continuing to not say very clearly and strongly that this is a national security problem and to say to Mr. Putin, we know you did it, you have to stop it, because there are going to be consequences if you don't", said Brennan. "They're not", Mr. Clapper said.

"Well first of all he was referring to us and political hacks because he was trying to delegitimize the intelligence community assessment that was done", Brennan told CNN's "State of the Union".

"The director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment entitled: 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.' The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed".

"And our president fosters that ambiguity", he said.

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