Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump bashes those rejecting better relations with Russia — Global Geopolitical Series

Trump bashes those rejecting better relations with Russia — Global Geopolitical Series

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

President Trump triggered quite a media furor when he said after his meeting with Russian President Putin that he believed President Putin when he assured Mr. Trump that Russia didn't interfere in the 2016 election in the United States.

Trump spent time with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam last week, which led him to suggest he believes Putin instead of USA intelligence agencies on the issue of Kremlin election interference - though he would later backtrack on that suggestion. It's not good optics for the president.

The president has called the ongoing Russian Federation investigations into the Trump campaign in Congress and by special counsel Robert Mueller a political "witch hunt" created by the Democrats.

He also took a jab at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barrack Obama, U.S. media houses, those he calls fake news. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper agreed that he "seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards. and pomp and circumstance". 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.

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Trump bashes those rejecting better relations with Russia — Global Geopolitical Series

During his marathon trip in Asia, Trump spoke to Putin and told reporters Putin is "insulted" by the accusations.

Trump's own CIA Director Mike Pompeo and DNI Daniel Coats have both defended the assessment that the Kremlin interfered. "He said he didn't meddle".

"I'm reluctant to criticise the president when he's overseas, but I don't believe Putin".

It's remarkable to hear top intelligence officials, who value discretion more than most, bluntly characterizing the president of the United States as vulnerable to the flattery and deception of foreign dictators. He later changed his phrasing on Sunday. "As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies - especially as now constituted".

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