Former CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with MSNBC Tuesday stated that President Donald Trump acts as if he has ulterior motives in his dealings with Russia.
Brennan, who has grow to be certainly one of Trump’s staunchest critics within the nationwide safety institution since stepping down as director of the CIA in January 2017, was on Hardball with Chris Matthews discussing a profitable actual property deal in Moscow that Trump had been planning whereas working for president in 2016.
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Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Company (CIA) John Brennan testifies earlier than the Home Everlasting Choose Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, Might 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Getty pictures
The previous intelligence chief stated that Trump’s actions in the direction of Russia since being elected president had raised questions.
“Donald Trump’s actions and habits in the direction of Russia and in the direction of Putin are fairly… fairly puzzling when it comes to ‘what’s he doing?’ Is he making an attempt to pay again? Is he making an attempt to cowl up? Is he making an attempt to comply with by way of on some commitments? And the FBI monetary investigators are among the many finest on the planet. And I’m hoping and assured that they will give you no matter transpired,” Brennan stated, referring to particular counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of Russian interference.
Brennan went on to debate Trump’s relationship with Putin, and his habits after the summit between the leaders in Helsinki in June 2018.
“Sure, and its fairly clear that President Putin is aware of much more than the American public is aware of about what president Trump has finished and stated vis-a-vis Russia,” remarked Brennan.
“There may be some type of particular rapport relationship between the 2 of them. And I feel Mr Putin, who’s an exceptionally well-trained KGB officer, intelligence officer, I feel has exploited and cultivated this relationship and is taking full benefit of it. He [Trump] acts like he has an ulterior motive that isn’t obvious and whether or not or not he’s making an attempt cowl up one thing, whether or not he’s scared of what Mr Putin would possibly do.”
He remarked that a number of of Trump’s selections would have delighted Russia.
“I feel the Russians are laughing at what’s occurring right here in the USA. As a result of we’re in such disarray, and since Mr Trump is pursuing these senseless insurance policies that I feel are undermining nationwide safety pursuits,” stated Brennan, citing a current New York Occasions report that Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the NATO alliance, and the president’s current resolution to withdraw US troops from Syria, a transfer praised by Putin.
When requested by Matthews if he thought Trump was loyal, Brennan replied, “to himself he’s.”
Brennan, a nationwide safety analyst with the MSNBC, is a frequent critic of the president on Twitter and in information interviews. Trump has described Brennan as a “partisan hack,” and final August eliminated Brennan’s nationwide safety clearance, a transfer denounced by greater than a dozen former intelligence administrators.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Brennan’s claims.