CIA Director John Brennan warned the US President-elect Donald Trump, to watch what he says and avoid impromptu remarks once he takes the office.
Brennan reprimand Trump for comparing U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany. He said, “What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany.”
He also said that Trump did not fully appreciate Russia’s capabilities or intentions.”I think Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of various actions that it’s taken in the past number of years is a road that he, I think, needs to be very, very careful about moving down,” he said.
Trump who is known for his blunt comments blamed intelligence agencies for the release of unconfirmed reports about his ties with Russia.
The report alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin “sought to help” Trump defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Enraged by the report, Trump twitted saying that the intelligence community should be held to account for allowing “this fake news to ‘leak.’”
“One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” his tweet read.
Trump in his tweets quoted veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who told Fox News on Sunday that the dossier should never have been presented at an intelligence briefing and that the intelligence services should apologize for their mistake.
The media should also apologize, Mr. Trump added.
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.
He said.“The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. 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?”
“There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for ‘leaking’ information that was already available publicly.”