Is Trump Being Manipulated By Putin? Former Intelligence Officials Say The President Fears Russian Leader
Donald Trump could be the sufferer of manipulation by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two former intelligence officers concern following the Republican’s insistence he believed Putin’s assurances there was no meddling within the U.S. election.
Trump mentioned following a casual assembly with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this weekend that he could be reluctant to push Putin on alleged Russian interference within the U.S. election, stating: “Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t try this,’ and I actually consider that when he tells me that, he means it. I believe he’s very insulted by it.”
As effectively as angering many inside the intelligence group, which maintains there was an effort by Russia to affect the end result of the 2016 election, Trump’s feedback additionally prompted former intelligence officers to query whether or not Trump was afraid or Putin or being manipulated by him.
“I believe Mr. Trump is, for no matter cause, both intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he might do, or what would possibly come out on account of these investigations,” former CIA Director John Brennan mentioned on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “It’s both naiveté, ignorance or concern by way of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-à-vis the Russians.
“I believe he is giving Putin a move. And I believe it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump could be performed by international leaders who’re going to enchantment to his ego and to attempt to play upon his insecurities, which could be very, very worrisome from a nationwide safety standpoint,” he added.
Brennan was joined on the present by former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who recommended the president approach being “played” by Russia, describing any perception that Russia has U.S. pursuits at coronary heart as “very naïve.”
“I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play him,” Clapper mentioned, in feedback that have been dismissed by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, additionally showing on the present, as “ridiculous.”
Regardless of whether or not or not the claims by the previous intelligence officers are deemed to be true, Trump did backtrack on his feedback over Putin and the Russia probe, making an attempt to appease each the intelligence group and the Russian president.
“I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership,” Trump mentioned.