Central Intelligence Agency director stands by intel community assessment Russian Federation meddled in election

Central Intelligence Agency director stands by intel community assessment Russian Federation meddled in election

Central Intelligence Agency director stands by intel community assessment Russian Federation meddled in election

"Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that, '" Trump said.

On Saturday, Donald Trump told a press pool onboard Air Force One he has not only discussed the possibility of Russia meddling in 2016 with Vladimir Putin, but also that he believed Putin when the Russian president told Trump the Kremlin had nothing to do with the election.

Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. They're political hacks. So you look at it - I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. "And I think it's very naive and perilous to this country to make an assumption that Russian Federation is going to behave with the best interests of the world or the USA in mind". "He said he didn't meddle", Trump said, referring to Putin.

Update 12:55pm CT, Nov. 11: The CIA released a statement in response to Trump's claims, saying that Director Mike Pompeo stands by the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. We're just a small team working extra-hard to help you cut to the chase on the most important news from around the world, so we'd appreciate your help spreading the word.

"He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities", Clapper said.

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There, Putin also denied Russia's efforts to interfere in the election, and Trump reportedly took it at face value.

Trump's treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, dismissed the concerns of Clapper and Brennan, and downplayed the issue of Russian interference.

"I do believe in my heart that the men and women of the intelligence community will continue to convey truth to power, even if the power ignores the truth", said Clapper.

Brennan noted that he, Clapper, and Comey did not author the January report, saying other intelligence officers did.

They also defended each other. Trump's Asian tour continues in the Philippines. "I don't know, but there were good reasons why there was caution and discretion here". Trump called Comey a "liar" and a "leaker" and suggested Putin's credibility was stronger than theirs.

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"First of all, he was referring to us as political hacks because he was trying to de-legitimise the intelligence community assessment that was done".

He added that he felt "honored" to be associated with Clapper and Comey, and "considering the source of the criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honor".

"Third, I found it particularly reprehensible that on Veterans Day that Donald Trump would attack and impugn the integrity and the uniform of those who wore it for 35 years". Clapper "responded to the call of his country to go to Vietnam, flew in over 70 combat support missions over Vietnam, and like Sen".

Mr. Trump raised eyebrows over the weekend by saying he believes Mr. Putin is "sincere" in his denials of interference, though he later clarified he believes the assessment of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in last year's presidential election.

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