Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDem rips Clapper: He 'needs to stop making excuses for lying to the American people' Hillicon Valley: Senators urge Trump to bar Huawei products from electric grid | Ex-security officials condemn Trump emergency declaration | New malicious cyber tool found | Facebook faces questions on treatment of moderators Overnight Defense: White House eyes budget maneuver to boost defense spending | Trump heads to Hanoi for second summit with Kim | Former national security officials rebuke Trump on emergency declaration MORE on Monday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's response to the killing of a Saudi journalist shows his willingness to "accept the words of autocrats."

“It does concern me that apparently [Trump] is willing to accept the words of autocrats like [Russian president Vladimir] Putin and now [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman over what his own intelligence community says," Clapper said on CNN.


Clapper's comments came as Trump faces growing scrutiny over how his administration has responded to the killing of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. 

The Washington Post reported last week that the CIA has concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the assassination of Khashoggi. The journalist was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2. 

But Trump on Saturday said that the CIA's assessment was "premature" and that it remained "too early" to make a conclusion.

“As of this moment, we were told that he did not play a role, we’re gonna have to find out what they say," he said to reporters in California.

Clapper said that it was "completely infeasible" that such a complex operation would have occurred without the "knowledge, acquiescence, and, I believe, direction of Mohammad bin Salman."

He added that believing the crown prince's denials over the U.S. intelligence community's findings would be detrimental for the nation. 

The Saudi government called The Washington Post's reporting about the CIA's findings false last week. 

Turkish officials and multiple U.S. lawmakers have said they believe the crown prince was involved in the operation to kill Khashoggi. 

“I think the evidence is overwhelming that the crown prince was involved. I don’t think we can sweep this under the rug," Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans need solutions on environment too Trio of NFL players intern on Capitol Hill as part of league program Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ky.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.