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Former CIA Director: Trump Trusts Putin More Than U.S. Intelligence Community

John Brennan found Trump’s comments about meeting with Putin to be dishonorable.

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said that a string of recent tweets by President Trump indicate that he doesn’t take the word of the American intelligence community seriously during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Brennan about three tweets that Trump tweeted on Sunday regarding Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election and whether Brennan interpreted these tweets as indicating Trump trusted Putin more than the American intelligence community.

Trump tweeted the following:

“Well, it certainly indicates he doesn’t take the word of the intelligence community, and that’s what he’s been doing repeatedly in terms of his public comments,” Brennan told Todd.

Brennan pointed to Trump’s continued questioning of the intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 election as an example of this.

“Therefore, I seriously question whether or not Mr. Putin heard from Mr. Trump what he needed to about the assault on our democratic institutions of the election,” Brennan concluded.

Todd followed up by asking Brennan what is wrong with Trump expressing public skepticism about the American intelligence community.

“Well, first of all, it shows I don’t think he demonstrates good negotiating skills when it comes to Mr. Putin,” Brennan responded.

Brennan concluded by telling Todd that he thinks it was dishonorable for Trump to say that it was an honor to meet with Putin, given Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections.