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Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump over tweets, Russia

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    CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

WASHINGTON >> The outgoing CIA director charged today that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American intelligence agencies.

John Brennan’s pointed message on national television came just five days before Trump becomes the nation’s 45th president amid lingering questions about Russia’s role in the 2016 election even as the focus shifts to the challenges of governing.

“Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. and national security interests are protected,” Brennan said on “Fox News Sunday,” warning that the president-elect’s impulsivity could be dangerous.

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” Brennan declared.

Trump, who has unleashed a series of aggressive tweets against the U.S. intelligence community and his political rivals in recent weeks, did not respond to Brennan’s criticism.

But later today, he retweeted a journalist’s remark that the intelligence community owes Trump an apology for briefing him on a document that contains unverified financial and personal information that could be damaging to the president-elect.

“Media should apologize also” for reporting on the document and the briefing, Trump wrote. The Associated Press has not been able to verify the contents of the document.

The president-elect remained behind closed doors in his Manhattan high rise. His team worked to answer questions about his plans at home and abroad once he’s sworn into office on Friday.

Among Trump’s immediate challenges: the United States’ complicated relationship with Russia, crafting an affordable health care alternative that doesn’t strip coverage from millions of Americans, and growing questions about the legitimacy of his presidency.

Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is among several Democrats in Congress who vowed to skip Trump’s inauguration, charging that Russian interference in the 2016 election delegitimizes his presidency.

“There will be many more members who join us in this decision,” Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., wrote Saturday on his Facebook page.

Trump’s lieutenants pushed back hard in a round of television interviews.

“I think it’s incredibly disappointing and I think it’s irresponsible for people like himself to question the legitimacy of the next United States president,” incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said of Lewis on ABC’s “This Week,” insisting that Republicans did not question the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s victory eight years ago. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on “Fox News Sunday” that he hopes Lewis will change his mind and attend.

Priebus later acknowledged that conservatives — led by Trump himself — spent years questioning Obama’s eligibility to serve as president, suggesting he was not born in the United States.

Trump has done little to encourage unity in recent days, instead inflaming tensions with his critics through a series of tweets. The incoming president tweeted Saturday that Lewis should pay more attention to his “crime ridden” Atlanta-area district, adding that the civil rights leader was “all talk.”

Lewis suffered a fractured skull when he led a march in Selma, Alabama, more than a half century ago and has devoted his life to civil rights.

The current White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said “Lewis has literally fought, bled and gone to jail” during what he called his “remarkable life.” He encouraged the incoming president to move past Lewis’ criticism.

“That would be the kind of thing that would not only send a message to the American people that we’re prepared to work together, but would also send a message to the Russians that we are united,” McDonough said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Questions about Trump’s relationship with Russia have dominated the days leading up to his inauguration.

Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is set to become Trump’s national security adviser, has been in frequent contact with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for the alleged election hacking, a senior U.S. official said.

After initially denying the contact took place, Trump’s team publicly acknowledged the conversations.

“The conversations that took place at that time were not in any way related to the new U.S. sanctions against Russia or the expulsion of diplomats,” said Vice President-elect Mike Pence, also in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Repeated contacts just as Obama imposed sanctions would raise questions about whether Trump’s team discussed — or even helped shape — Russia’s response. Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly did not retaliate against the U.S. for the sanctions or the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, a decision Trump quickly praised.

Trump has repeatedly called for a better relationship between the U.S. and Putin’s government. He suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday that he’d consider easing the latest sanctions on Russia.

“I think he has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road,” Brennan said.

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      • Vladimir Putin is manipulating Donald Trump like a puppet because of the pee pee tape. Putin is a former KGB operative who understands how to play a simple minded blowheart for a fool.

        • The fool is one who believe unsubstantiated stories. They are the ones who are being played like a puppet.

        • Vlady and the Don aren’t followers for sure and have no strings attached that manipulate them. They create their own paths and at least they are both looking for peace…
          The Dons here to make changes, heads will be rolling, leadership roles will change, answers will have to be given, no more throwing money down the toilet without accountability,
          maybe, just maybe he’ll request audits from all gov departments including an audit of the Feds.

        • NiteMarcher – All federal agencies, and the Federal Reserve, are audited at least annually. You seem to be under the spell of right wing nut case websites who lie about a lack of auditing. And Ron Paul, of course.

        • Putin played Obama and the CIA for suckers. Don’t blame Trump. America better pray Trump can get us out of this swamp. And, what are you going to do about except flap your lips.

        • Trump is not the President. The current administration has been manipulated. How is the Russian “reset” working?

        • klastri the lying lawyer is at it again…About Audit the Fed

          Currently the GAO is prohibited by law from auditing four areas of the Federal Reserve:

          Transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or no private international financing organization;
          Deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;
          Transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or
          a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)–(3) of this subsection.
          Audit the Fed removes these four exemptions and is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American people.

        • Putin is more than a KGB operative, he was head of the KGB for decades, and now head of the FSB. The FSB has a lot of experience in internal and foreign intelligence and counterintelligence. Trump must look like a fool to Putin and the FSB, who they can blackmail and manipulate for their ends

        • All Klastri does is lie. He lied when he said Hillary would when in a landslide. He is a failed attorney working for Klastri, Kaneshiro and Kealoha.
          KKK

      • Checkout ALPHA GROUP, Google it. A creation of the KGB, now an arm of the FSB, the Russian intelligence and counter intelligence servive. Alpha Group ostensibly does business for the Russians with the West and other governments. It has a headquarters in Massachusetts. Alpha Group has been called one of the most vicious Russian paramilitary groups.

        • Also read the 35 page Buzzfeed release of the MI6 British agent dossier in its entirety. Quite a revelation of Russian activity and operations in this country as well as internationally

    • Trump’s been all over the world, donating money to direct our politicians as to what to do. He was sick of their putting other countries first while lining their own pockets, so he decided to give up a lot and run, which he did, and he won. He knows much more about business than anyone in the current administration. Also, Brennan is very pro Muslim, in fact, he is Muslim. For the last several years, the rich elites, including many Democrats, have become very, very, wealthy while the middle class, and especially Blacks, have done poorly. Trump will try to change that trend.

      • Good point, no Great point…Your Muslim point is spot on, they can’t be trusted, every single one of them, I agree…Also those rich elites have been getting very rich, Trump was smart enough to recognize this, and since he is a common middle class man who hasn’t also gotten rich, he will change this trend…I really hope Trump does succeed for our country but Trumpers and anti-Trumpers are too much…It’s SO comical sometimes, and that why we all WIN, great if succeeds and funny until the end…#MAGA

        • Trump was born with a gold spoon in his mouth. His adivers and cabinet nominees are all multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires, with Wall Street Goldman Sacks backgrounds and connections. Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, is CEO Exxon Mobil, which is one of the most capitalized corporations in the world, and has Russian oil and gas operations in the Russian Arctic and Siberia. Trump’s associates, advisers, and cabinet nominees all belong to the richest 1% in the world. If you believe they have the interests of the poor, working class, middle class, and the lower 99%, you are deluding yourself

        • sarge22 – It’s not over. What are you talking about?

          People and well funded organizations like the ACLU are going to fight Trump at every step. They will dig and dig endlessly into his cesspool of conflicts.

      • If anyone has a globalist agenda, it’s Putin and the Russians. They are battling with Ukrainians on the eastern border, and have already annexed Crimea which was part of Ukraine. Now, the Russians have a foothold in Syria, by backing Assad, and bombing Allepo indiscriminately. Now Putin has Trump blackmailed with comprimising information regarding Trump’s obsessions and sexual perversions, and Trump’s compromising financial relationships

    • The Democrats greatest fear is that Trump will succeed in improving relations with Russia, while their own “russian reset” failed miserably. Relations with Russia and most other countries have undoubtedly only gotten worse during Obama’s 2 terms. They complain that Russia interfered but ignore the fact that America has done the same thing on a much greater scale for the past 60 years.
      Trump understands that America must stop interfering in the affairs of other countries and mind our own business. Our government’s continuous attempts to export american values and democracy – and force other countries to adopt them are why much of the world hates America.
      What is right for us and our allies is not necessarily right for eastern europe, the middle east, south east asia or north africa. It’s about time Democrats and Republicans learned that.

  • this guy is where the leaks of fake news harmful to trump is coming from.
    this cia should be called a terrorist org.
    5 more days!! then hele on!!

  • This is a fair assessment that perfectly encapsulates the situation as we brace for the Trump administration: “Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” Brennan said, saying twice that the matter is “more than being about him.”

  • Thank you Mr.Brennan for your service. Spot on your assessment of the bankrupt master/businessman. The biggest thing about this fraud is he will NEVER EVER admit failure. As a child born into million$$, he has no idea of struggling American and therefore does not understand the problem. Hope the band shows up for the inauguration.

    • You’re right. Trump has failed at almost everything he ever did. The list of failure is long, but he’s been able to convince the gullible that he is a brilliant, wonderful, genius.

      • I agree, he gave them what they wanted, but can we be sure that it’s what HE actually wants??? He’s just an actor in a WWE Show, he realizes that Politics is just a WWE Show…Like WWE the fans buy into the everything in the Show…Heros and Heels…This will be FUN…#MAGA

      • Klastri, of course you’re wrong as usual. Even Trump’s critics concede he is worth at least 11 billion. How much are you worth Mr. 1% ? By your own measure Trump is far more sucessful than you will ever be yet you criticize his business skills? Sounds more like sour grapes to me.

        • My father, unfortunately for me, didn’t leave me a nine figure inheritance.

          Trump earned his money the old fashioned way. His father died.

        • I thought 11 billion is what the narcissistic salesman said. Then a bunch of geniuses did some fancy math and figured it was more like $3.8 billion (never trust a narcissistic salesman). Then everyone got more interested in more important things like busgate and showergate.

          Have we learned anything yet???

      • Trump says he is going to make America great again. What he really is saying, he is going to make Exxon Mobil, Putin and Russia great again, exactly what Putin has in mind, to undermine other countries, and expand Russian influence and power everywhere, especially the countries bordering Russia

  • The new head of the CIA will have to be careful in digesting all the intelligence given to him. There will be the truth and propaganda and hopefully with the new administration the truth will manifest itself to create less fighting and killing.

    There are 3 countries of power, U.S., Russia and China. Don’t you think that they need open and continuous dialogue to keep the world in a peaceful state. Not an easy thing to maintain, much easier to have only 2.

    The people who wants a one world government has and is continuing to create a one world government. In doing so there will be continued fighting and killing in order to create a one world government. Would it be a good thing or a bad thing for mankind on this planet?

    • Wow! that’s a record. As far as I know no one has ever used “one world government” three times in the same sentence before. Keep your head down buddy, those black helicopters are everywhere and don’t breath the chemtrails. 🙂

      • Whether they are called a global order, a one world order or go by the names of the United Nations or NATO, the Agenda is more likely to have someone in charge…and we can only guess who that will be…

        • You may not have to wait much longer. Darth Vladimir Putin as head of the Dark Empire with Trump as his lap dog

    • LOL .. that’s hilarious. It would take an alien invasion from another world for your “one world government” to ever come to pass. But imagine what America and Russia could do working together – Isis and other terror groups like it would not stand a chance in that world.
      China already has it’s hands full just keeping their billion plus population from overthrowing the communist regime. They’re no military threat to anyone except a few small neighbors they have like the philippines.

    • Do you know the differences between Communism and Democracy? You do realize that the Current head of Russia was the former head of the KGB? When was the last time Russia or China had a fair election?

  • All I can say is that Pootin gave the green light to shoot down an airliner and MURDER 300 innocent men, women and children.

    That will make him forever a scumbag on the bottom of my shoes and someone we DON’T want to be “friends” with…

        • And our hero beat your lying crooked HiLIARy. Over educated no nothings took dirty lickins. Live with it and keep chirping. Love it.

    • @ nalogirl
      IF Brennan was excellent in doing his job he would not be “out going” CIA head. Safe to say he is junk & in no position to be giving advice to the incoming BOSS.
      Brennan is a politicized hack..not good.

      5 more days & America will start to begin to be GREAT again!

  • Trump and Pence, the latter second in prevarication are diminishing their credibility and the credibility of the U.S. with every lie they speak. Several of my international friends believe nothing that either know not of anything they say except to protect their delicate egos while simultaneously degrading world opinion of the United States. Pitiful.

    • No, the Russians were releasing fake news Wikileaks to bring down Clinton and make Trump President. They love Trump because he will lift the western oil trade sanctions on Russia, then Exxon Mobil can sell Putin’s oil, and reward Trump a 19% private share in Russia’s oil giant Rosneft

    • Brennan did not do a good job. Tweets are a way to make an end run arund the echelons of the status quo. Keep tweeting Pres Trump instead of using the MSM to get your opinions into circulation.

  • The biggest unanswered question at this point is whether Putin arranged for Russian money to be funneled into Trump’s campaign. (Although in all probability it would’ve gone straight to him, rather than through any campaign committee.)

    We’ve been wondering if his tax returns were the “smoking gun”. This would be the “ticking H-bomb”. Multiply the impact of the Russian hacking x100 and that gives you some idea of how fast it would destroy his presidency.

  • First it was Megyn Kelly and his own pageant contestant. Then it was all the women who came forward. Then it was the bus. Then it was his praises for Putin, etc. Then it was the unsubstantiated report. All along the way, he has called anyone who criticizes him names and attacked them. In all cases, his response was “lies”, “fake news”, “name calling”, etc. He praised Duertete. He said Clinton should not have been allowed to run for President. He often gets his facts wrong about just about everything. His own cabinet picks has shown opposition to his views on things such as immigration, Putin, etc. Instead of trying to unite the divide, he constantly adds fuel to the fire. And on, and on, and on.

    Next, it will be about world leaders. Will there come a time when everyone (with a few exceptions, of course) will just not believe anything he says anymore?

    • And then to top it all off, Ringleys Brothers Barnum & Baileys Greatest Show on Earth is going to close after 146 years!!! Rumor has it their number #1 clown got elected to be President of the US.

    • You are totally correct, nomu1001.

      Isn’t Trump fabulous?

      He’s such a big strong classy winner that he won despite all the disturbing facts you enumetate, and more scandalous truths.

      Winning is all that matters.
      Winning at all costs.
      Truth is dead.
      Long live Trump.

      “It is a movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.” -D.J.Trump.

  • Even Mr. Trump’s former supporters are now turning against him. His approval ratings are collapsing because now everyone can clearly see that Mr. Trump is an unfit buffoon who should not have received a single vote. He’s a dangerous psychotic.

    Trump is a disgrace to the United States. So are his supporters.

    • The fact is this country is a free country where we vote for our leader. Somewhere along the line the Russians injected themselves into the equation as they saw a great opportunity to find an ally in their world agenda. Many of Trump’s supporters turn a blind eye to the fact that Russia has been involved in things that go against freedom. They have been involved in a lot of things including the hacking of not only US government installations but also a US power plant that would seemingly be a practice run should Russia attack US. All of this found by US intelligence that Trump dismisses as nothing but attacks against him. All this while belittling those of Mexican heritage and even making fun of a disabled reporter. All this while being caught denying that he made some remarks regarding grabbing women’s ahem through actual recordings that prove he lied. And all this while calling the other candidate the liar. No, his supporter are not a disgrace as they only did what we have a right as citizens of the US. What they are guilty of is ignorance.

      • IRT nodaddy: Why has the current administration remained silent about Russian aggression into Crimea, for example? How did the Russian reset work? Trump is not yet President. Considering what Hillary did as Sec. of State, do you believe she would have been a good choice to move forward with foreign policy?

      • nodaddynotthebelt, you are spot on, but stuck on the 1 yard line.
        Just a push will get you into the end zone. So hete goes:

        Consider that Trump is a winner despite every flaw you cite.
        That’s like winning a boxing match with one hand tied behind his back..
        And being blondfolded…
        And drunk…
        And high on meth…
        And having your shoelaces tied together…
        And Russian attendants peeing on you between rounds…
        And still Trump won!
        Now that’s someone who is a big time classy winner. Big time.

        Sure, Trump might have bought off the referee and put lead in his opponent’s shoes and nsils in his gloves, but its clear that he labored under huge liabilities.
        So what if all of them were reckless, self-inflicted wounds?
        Trump is brilliant at blaming others for his fisaterous mistakes. He’s had so many opportunitirs to perfect this gift over his 70 years,
        And, this is key, Trump is a big winner, and big winners are always right. That’s why they always win. Big.

        The proof of Trump’s greatness is this. He would be a huuuge loser except for one thing. He is willing to do whatever it takes to win at getting what he wants. What. Ever. It. Takes.

        Touchdown!!!

        Welcome to the Dark side. Bring the belt… you’ll get to use it a lot here.

        Five days until America feels Trump’s Strength and Greatness on our collective backsides.

        Yippee!

  • Yep, Trump is busy watching the Sunday morning gab shows on TV instead of reading his intelligence briefing books or (God forbid!) going to church. His overweening ego won’t let him stay away from the tube. He has to find out what decent folks are saying about him so he can savage them in his 3am tweets. In truly Presidential style … of course. Just what Lincoln would’ve done.

    I hope he got an earful from Brennan. His insults to our intelligence community — comparing them to Nazis! — won’t ever be far from their minds. They’ll continue to do a stellar job of protecting our country. But (to repurpose a phrase from the Nixon regime) they’ll find a way to leave him “slowly twisting, twisting in the wind”. Can’t wait to see the dawning of that day.

    • There are a lot of companies in the private Intel biz. Jeb Bush hired on of these. He produced the so called Trump Dossier. The info in it was made up. The CIA showed Trump two pages from the dossier but also did nothing to refute the mis-information in the dossier to media even though they knew it was false. The CIA under Brennan did not do well although the Iraq situation was caused by Bush’s Paul Bremer, who put half a million Iraq military out of work and provided manpower for the thug who started ISIS.

        • You got that right. President Trump is our next President and the crickets are still chirping. Must be really hard to accept such a resounding win by such an underdog who had no chance of winning.. Cry Me a River. or is it Crimea

        • Nice one, sarge22.

          Crimea a river.
          Ka-ka-ka-boom.

          The funny part is that Trump’s pal Putin invaded the Ukraine, one of our allies, and took strategic territory by force.

          Hilarious.

  • More negative AP articles about Trump. Can’t find any pro Trump articles? There is another point of view on most of the issues discussed. Don’t the people of Hawaii deserve all the facts?

    • Don’t people of hawaii deserve the facts on trumpf? Lol,just look at how this fool acts. We can see it in his arrogance. His wealth. His greed. We’re not fools.

        • Sarge32 gets it.

          Trump won the election.
          Trump is a string winner.
          Only pathetic losers criticise strong classy winners like Trump.

          Winners are always perfectly right, whatever they say or do.
          Rules don’t apply to them.

          Whatever a loser says is a pathetic lie.
          Unless it is to praise and appologize and grovel before winners like Trump. Like i have done.

          So Simple.
          So Classy.
          So Great Again.

          Sarge22 has known this for along time.

          Five more days. Yippee!

          (sorry if my groveling has wasted too much cyber space. I’m still learning the ropes here on the Dark side)

    • SNL Trump: “The news media is making me look ridiculous every day….by taking everything I say and everything I do, and putting it on TV!”

      Geeerenius!

  • From my point of view, John Brennan has no credibility and he is just another one of the one world order gang ginning up the effort to start a war with Russia with whom we should
    be allied with against the world wide Islamic Jihad against the West and anyone who is not willing to convert to Islam.
    Interestingly it has been widely reported and suspected that Brennan is a closet Islamic convert and that he reportedly coverted to Islam while stationed with the CIA in Saudi Arabia
    where he spent many years. He is also the only supposed non muslim to have been allowed to visit the city of Mecca where no non muslim has ever been allowed to visit.
    Medina and Mecca are two cities in Saudi Arabia where non muslims cannot visit. So much for the tolerance of islam which is not tolerant at all for non believers(infidels).

  • First order of business for the PEEtus is to lift the sanctions against Russia. Why? Because Exon/Mobile has almost 64 thousands acres of oil fields that it has invested multi millions of dollars into it. Guess who is going to be the next Secretary of State? Yup, the so-called former CEO of Exon/Mobile. Russia wants to become the Saudi Arabia of Europe and thus control the overall power of Europe. Trump and his billionaire friends stand to cash in big on this one.

    • The first order is Obamacare then later on cheaper oil for all Americans and Russia is our friend. Rex will do a great job. It’s a new club and the libs aren’t in it. Five more days and we are on our way.

      • First ObummerCare on day 1.
        Lift sanctions on Russian oil and gas on day 2.
        Then private business deals between Trump, Putin and R-exxon Tilletson on day 3.
        Then gutting disloyal intelligence officials on day 4.

        Did I miss anything, sarge22?

        • Oh yes. I did forget a few things.

          Pull all US troops out of Eastern Europe on day 5.
          Shut down the EPA on day 6.
          Take a golden shower on day 7 (he’s earned it).

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