CIA Director John Brennan called President-elect Donald Trump out on Sunday morning for making comments that compared U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazis.
Brennan told Fox News Sunday:
‘What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany.’
According to The Hill, the president-elect insulted intelligence agencies repeatedly last week after it had been revealed that Trump had been briefed on a dossier of memos from a former British intelligence agent claiming that Russia had incriminating evidence of collusion between the Republican president-to-be and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. The information in the dossier has yet to be verified, but intelligence sources confirmed that both President Barack Obama and Trump had been briefed that the dossier existed.
Trump then began dropping tweets insulting the very intelligence agencies that were providing him with this information in order to prepare him for any consequences. Trump responded by insinuating that it was the intelligence agencies that “leaked” the contents of the documents, despite the fact that they had been floating around for months, and had already been seen by several insiders, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
‘Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?’
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Then, at his first press conference in six months, Trump again equated U.S. intelligence forces with Nazis, saying it was:
“Disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace, and I say that, and that’s something that Nazi Germany who have done and did do.
‘I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.’
Brennan also told Fox News that the president-elect has to discipline himself better in what information he provides publicly:
‘He is going to be in a few days time the most powerful person in the world in terms of sitting on top of the United States government and I think he has to recognize that his words do have impact.’
Reuters also noted that Brennan fiercely criticized Trump’s incessant TMI on Twitter, tell Fox News:
‘Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound.’
Referencing the president-elects self-involved proclivities to focus on his personal reputation and ego, Brennan also said:
‘It’s more than just about Mr. Trump. It’s about the United States of America.’
Trump insists on insulting and denigrating our intelligence-gathering organizations and personnel, and one might think he’s spent a great deal of time trying to discredit them in advance of any revelation into his possible collusion with Russia, hidden conflicts of interests, or other shameful secrets. The world, and Americans, will be watching.
You can watch the Fox News Sunday interview with Brennan below.
Featured image via video screenshot.