President-elect Donald Trump savagely blasted President Barack Obama’s outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Twitter Sunday, asking his followers whether perhaps Brennan was “the leaker of Fake News.”
The unprecedented attack on Brennan was spurred by the CIA director’s own words earlier in the day, when he accused the president-elect of being ignorant about Russia’s intentions.
“I don’t think he has a full understanding of Russian capabilities and the actions they are taking on the world,” Brennan said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that Trump lacked a “full appreciation” for Russia’s aggression or why President Obama’s sanctions against the nation were necessary.
“Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia is a road that he needs to be very, very careful about moving down,” Brennan said.
These observational statements apparently frustrated the president-elect, who immediately took to Twitter to first share a story from Fox News about the CIA director’s comments and then slam Brennan for having made them.
“Oh really, couldn’t do much worse — just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes,” Trump wrote, highlighting the ways in which the Obama administration had itself failed to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin in check.
“Was this the leaker of Fake News?” Trump added, referring to a patently false dossier that had been reportedly leaked to news outlets by an unknown intelligence agency and subsequently published by BuzzFeed last week.
much worse – just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017
Some might argue that tearing into the leader of such a reputable intelligence agency was a bad move on Trump’s part, but two counterpoints deserved to be considered.
First, Brennan’s time in the spotlight is approaching an end, as Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo has been nominated to replace him.
Moreover, many have argued over the years that the current CIA director was an abject failure in the position. Even The Washington Post, known for its liberal bias, made that case three years ago over the director’s repeated offenses, which included hiding information from Congress, illegally accessing Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers and outright lying to the public.
With a track record as pitiful as this, it seemed only fair for Trump to bluntly ask whether this man was in fact “the leaker of Fake News.”
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