Former Intel Heads Describe How Putin Is ‘Playing’ Trump

Republican Donald Trump, who is perhaps a marked man as far as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation goes, made a Siberia-sized blunder recently when he told reporters aboard Air Force One that he believes Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia did not interfere with our election last year.

This, of course, runs completely counter to the findings of all of America’s intelligence agencies, which President Trump dismissed as “political hacks.” Two former intelligence agency heads shot back at Trump for his statements, and explained how Trump is being manipulated by Russia.

Said former CIA director John Brennan, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union together with former Defense Intelligence Agency Director James Clapper, “By not confronting the issue directly, and not acknowledging to Putin that we know that you’re responsible for this, I think he’s giving Putin a pass. And I think 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.”

Brennan then went on to describe, “I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump’s interest in being flattered. 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. So, it’s very worrisome. And I think it sends a worrisome, very disturbing signal to our allies and partners who are concerned about Russian interference in their democratic processes as well.” John added, “So, it’s either naivete, ignorance or fear, in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-a-vis the Russians.” When host Jake Tapper asked the two retired intelligence leaders about their response to Trump’s “political hacks” comment, Brennan swatted it away by saying, “Consider the source.” Do you think Brennan in correct about Trump being played by Putin? Watch the full segment below: