The feud between President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama’s intelligence agencies escalated last week when Trump asked if CIA Director John Brennan was behind the leak of an unverified dossier on the president-elect.
Hours after Brennan bashed Trump in an interview with Fox News, the president-elect responded by suggesting that the CIA director, on his way out the door, may have been behind the publication last week of unverified and salacious intelligence connecting Trump to Russia.
Trump tweeted: @FoxNews “Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.” Oh really, couldn’t do… 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?
“The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully,” Brennan said. “If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries? There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for ‘leaking’ information that was already available publicly.”
No president since John F. Kennedy has dared to take on the CIA or the rest of the national security establishment, said Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, in a Jan. 10 commentary.
Chief executives “knew that if they opposed the national-security establishment at a fundamental level, they would be subjected to retaliatory measures.
“Kennedy… After the Bay of Pigs, he vowed to tear the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds. He also fired CIA Director Allen Dulles, who, in a rather unusual twist of fate, would later be appointed to the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy’s murder,” Hornberger wrote.
“Kennedy’s antipathy toward the CIA gradually extended to what President Eisenhower had termed the military-industrial complex, especially when it proposed Operation Northwoods, which called for fraudulent terrorist attacks to serve as a pretext for invading Cuba, and when it suggested that Kennedy initiate a surprise nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.
“Worst of all, from the standpoint of the national-security establishment, [Kennedy] initiated secret personal negotiations with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, both of whom, by this time, were on the same page as Kennedy.
“Kennedy was fully aware of the danger he faced by taking on such a formidable enemy.”
Full article: Trump asks if CIA’s Brennan leaked ‘fake news’; Brennan warns Trump should ‘watch what he says’ (World Tribune)