Clapper: 'Naive' to think Russia has best intentions toward US

Clapper: 'Naive' to think Russia has best intentions toward US
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Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? 140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack MORE said in a Sunday morning interview that it’s “very naive” to think Russia will act with good intentions toward the United States.

“And I think it’s very naive, and again, in fact, perilous to this country, to make an assumption that Russia is going to behave with the best interests of the world or the United States in mind. They’re not,” Clapper told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Clapper’s comments come after President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE told reporters on Saturday that he believes Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin's flying nuclear command center presents a Doomsday scenario indeed Russian court sentences Navalny ally to 18 months of supervision Russia says 24 diplomats asked by US to leave by September MORE “means it” when he denies meddling in the presidential election in 2016. 

After sparking criticism with the comments, Trump later said he is “with our agencies” and that he believes Putin believes Russia did not interfere in the election.

“Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy and our whole process. And to try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and in fact poses a peril to this country,” Clapper said in the interview.

“So the Russians do not harbor good intentions toward the United States. And there shouldn’t be any illusions or any ambiguity about that. And our president fosters that ambiguity.”