In another Twitter rant on Sunday night, president-elect Donald Trump accused outgoing CIA Director John Brennan of leaking ‘fake news’, blaming the CIA and the intelligence community for the “unfair” coverage he has received over the past few weeks.
Trump was responding to Brennan’s plea for the incoming administration to develop an “appreciation” for the effect his words could have on national security.
During a Sunday interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Brennan defended his agency saying: “It’s our responsibility to make sure they understand exactly the dangers that are out there,” Brennan said.
Trump blasted the intelligence community in response, claiming the “unfair coverage was caused by leaked information from intelligence officials” and pointed fingers directly at the CIA director over Twitter.
The CIA chief bristled at Trump’s public displays of contempt for the intelligence community and said Trump needed to understand his words could undermine national security, according to CNN.
“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?” Brennan said.
The CIA director also warned Trump on Russia, saying he did not believe Trump understood the threat of Russia.
“I don’t think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia’s intentions,” Brennan said, adding that Trump “does not yet” fully appreciate what embracing Russia might mean.