— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 12, 2017
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump told reporters that he believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin meant it when the Russian leader said that he didn’t meddle in the 2016 presidential election. At the same time, Trump took aim at the intelligence community, calling previous heads of the intelligence agencies “political hacks.”
This morning, two of the men that Trump slammed — ex-CIA chief John Brennan and former Defense Intelligence Agency Director James Clapper — appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to respond. And Brennan specifically didn’t hold back.
Host Jake Tapper asked the two men about Trump’s criticism of them and ex-FBI Director James Comey and how they would like to respond to the charge.
“First of all, he was referring to us as political hacks because he was trying to delegitimize the assessment done. We did not write that assessment,” Brennan said. “It was written by the professional intelligence officers and law enforcement officers of this great country.”
He continued, “Secondly, I feel very honored to be associated with Jim Clapper and Jim Comey in the same category. And considering the source of the criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honor.”
Brennan also blasted the president for taking shots at Clapper on Veterans Day considering that Clapper is a retired lieutenant general, saying he “found it morally reprehensible.”
Following Trump’s initial remarks in which he appeared to take Putin’s word over his own intelligence community, the president said that he believes in the intelligence agencies “especially as currently constituted.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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