McCain: Trump 'Has a Point,' Dossier Leak Was 'Totally Wrong'
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 19, 2017,
Jan 19, 2017, 0:52
"As opposed to talking and tweeting; he's going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that USA national security interests are protected and are advanced", said Brennan.
CNN and other media outlets reported earlier this month that intelligence agencies briefed Trump on a dossier alleging Russian Federation possessed compromising financial and personal information about him.
Trump is referring to a recent document that contains unverified financial and personal information that could be damaging to him.
He also suggested that Trump lacks a "full appreciation" of Russia's aggression or about why President Obama imposed sanctions on the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan brushed off Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's D.C. hotel bans press during inauguration week Ross prefers inking bilateral trade agreements Boko Haram is as big as threat as ISIS - why are we ignoring it? He appeared most concerned about Trump's conciliatory attitude toward Russian Federation.
Friction between USA intelligence agencies and presidents is not new but has never been played out so publicly. Trump later took aim at Brennan when he questioned Trump's approach to Russian Federation after Trump said he would lift sanctions on the country. For example, last week, in a statement on Twitter, Trump accused the two agencies of practices that resembled Nazi Germany.
"When people make mistakes, they should APOLOGIZE", he wrote.
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Brennan called that comparison "outrageous" and said the intelligence community wanted the president-elect to know that the document was circulating among some news outlets. "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?" "Not good! Was the leaker of Fake News?".
That was particularly the case when it comes to Russia, Brennan said. They represent 117 Central Intelligence Agency agents who died in the line of duty to the United States of America.
On Sunday, Mr Brennan told Fox News: "There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly".
"Spontaneity is not something that protects national security, so when he talks or when he react, he should be sure of the implications of what he says and that the impact in the United States can be profound", said Sunday In an interview with Fox News Sunday.