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Ex-CIA Chief Brennan on His Criticisms of Trump: I’m Trying to ‘Shake Some Sense’ Into People Around Him

Tucker Carlson‘s interview with President Donald Trump last night opened with Trump trashing former CIA Director John Brennan.

Brennan is highly critical of Trump and was appalled by his performance in Helsinki, and he told MSNBC’s Katy Tur today when Trump was elected, “I was skeptical that he had the qualifications, the temperament, or even the potential to be a strong president. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

But after his election, Brennan continued, Trump kept publicly trashing the U.S. intel community and he’s shown that “he lies to the American people.”

“Some of my tweets, I will acknowledge, are rather shrill if not strident,” he said. “Maybe I’m just an intelligence officer and I’m trying to ring the bell. Because I see all the warning signs here, especially when it comes to national security… I’m hoping to be able to shake some––quite frankly, some sense into the people around Mr. Trump and those on the Hill. Because the more that they tolerate and they make excuses for his behavior and his performance, the more they’re enabling him, the more they’re encouraging him to do these types of things.”

He told Tur he has some serious questions about that summit between Trump and Vladimir Putin, remarking that this whole thing is “very puzzling.”

Tur brought up that infamous press conference when Trump said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Brennan said it looked like open collusion and said it was “an abomination.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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