Trump let Putin off, say spooks

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS NATION & WORLD - – New York Post

TWO top for­mer US in­tel­li­gence chiefs have blasted Don­ald Trump’s fail­ure to con­demn Rus­sia for med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion. Af­ter meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in Viet­nam, Pres­i­dent Trump sig­nalled he ac­cepted the Rus­sian leader’s long-stand­ing de­nials that Moscow or­ches­trated cy­ber at­tacks on the 2016 US elec­tions. “He’s giv­ing Putin a pass,” for­mer CIA di­rec­tor John Bren­nan told CNN’s State of the Union. “And I think it demon­strates to Mr Putin that Don­ald Trump (pic­tured) can be played by for­eign lead­ers who are go­ing to ap­peal to his ego and to try to play upon his in­se­cu­ri­ties.” For­mer di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence James Clap­per said world lead­ers knew how to work Mr Trump: flat­ter him with red car­pets, hon­our guards and the “trap­pings” of pomp and cir­cum­stance.

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