Trump calls U.S. officials 'hacks' for saying Russian Federation interfered in 2016 election

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CIA director stands by intel community assessment Russia meddled in election

In response, Brennan said Trump is perhaps being manipulated by Putin.

Brennan was joined on the show by former director of national intelligence James Clapper, who also agreed with Brennan's assessment that Trump is vulnerable to switching his conclusions based on pomp and circumstance. Well, it's three. And one is Brennan and one is whatever. "So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey".

"First of all, he was referring to us as political hacks because he was trying to de-legitimise the intelligence community assessment that was done". "It demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities which is very very worrisome from a national security standpoint".

Trump has sought to confute the USA intelligence community's conclusions that Russian Federation, under Putin's specific orders, meddled in the 2016 United States Presidential Election to favor Trump and discredit the Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

The CIA confirms allegations of Russia's interference in USA presidential elections a year ago.

Trump was forced to walk back his comments, which appeared to put him at odds with US intelligence agencies which concluded that Russian Federation did try to tamper with our election.

Trump told reporters on Saturday, following his meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, that he believed Putin meant it when he said Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 race.

Responding to an attack by President Donald Trump, two former top intelligence officials blasted Trump for his meandering statements on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. And also I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do or what might come out as a result of these investigations. He noted that contrary to what Trump insinuated, the assessment was not compiled by Comey, Clapper nor Brennan.

In the same interview, he also called the ex-Intel heads "political hacks".

"And our president fosters that ambiguity", he said. "So, it's either naivete, ignorance or fear, in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-a-vis the Russians".

Clapper said that although he had "no direct evidence of collusion" while still on the job, he did not know about former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos' activities, which were revealed last month in unsealed court documents.

Clapper acknowledged the detrimental effect of Trump's continued attacks on the USA intelligence community, but he said the intelligence community would forge ahead regardless.

Tapper pointed to Clapper saying there was no "template", asking Brennan if the intelligence community was sufficiently prepared given prior Russian efforts to meddle in other countries' democratic processes.

"I do believe in my heart that the men and women of the intelligence community will continue to convey truth to power, even if the power ignores the truth", said Clapper.

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