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Former CIA director rips Trump for saying it was an honor to meet Putin

Haiyun Jiang

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday blasted President Trump’s behavior toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying his comment saying it was an honor to meet Putin was “dishonorable.”

“Right before he met with Mr. Putin and talked with him at some length, which I’m glad he did, he said it’s an honor to meet President Putin. An honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault against our election? To me, it was a dishonorable thing to say,” Brennan told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

Brennan, who served during the Obama administration, also ripped Trump’s rhetoric on Russian election meddling, citing the president’s apparent refusal to directly acknowledge that Russia interfered.

{mosads}“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,” he said.

“Two days before the G-20 summit in Warsaw, he continued to question the intelligence community’s high-confidence assessment that Russia interfered in the election. He also raised questions about the integrity and the capability of the U.S. intelligence community, so therefore I seriously question whether or not Mr. Putin heard from Mr. Trump on what he needed to on the assault on our democratic institutions of the election,” Brennan continued.

Trump acknowledged that Russia meddled in the U.S. election during a press conference in Warsaw last week, but said other countries could have as well.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he pressed Putin on the issue of election meddling, but said he and the Russian leader planned to form “an impenetrable Cyber Security unit.”




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