Introduction — Jan 15, 2017
The real threat to Donald Trump may not come from Russia, as outgoing head of the CIA John Brennan claims below. It may in fact come from the CIA and what Brennan says below may be a veiled warning to the president-elect.
Indeed Brennan may be trying to warn the president elect not to interfere with the shadow government. After all, the last president who attempted that wasJohn F. Kennedy, and we know what happened to him.
That maybe why Trump’s private security detail will follow him into the White House. The official U.S. presidential security may not be entirely happy with that but given what happened with Kennedy it’s entirely understandable
Nor is Brennan alone in making such warnings. Former senator Ron Paul has also warned Donald Trump of the danger the “shadow government” poses if he shakes things up too much.
These warnings have been echoed by Paul Craig Roberts who said on the Ritchie Allen Show recently “If Donald Trump is real, the CIA/security services will surely assassinate him”.
Donald Trump does not understand the threat Russia poses, CIA chief warns
David Lawler, Christopher Hope — The Telegraph Jan 15, 2017
Donald Trump is failing to understand the threat posed by Russia, the outgoing director of the CIA claimed last night as he cautioned the president-elect against forging closer ties with Vladimir Putin.
John Brennan, the outgoing head of the USA’s intelligence agency said that Mr Trump should not lift sanctions currently in place against Russia and said that the president-elect’s undisciplined style could pose a risk to US national security.
Mr Trump is expected to launch a major review of America’s place in the world when he takes office later this week – and has already spoken disobligingly about both the EU and Nato in recent months.
The comments from Mr Brennan also mark a further worsening of relations between the President-Elect and American intelligence agencies just days before Mr Trump’s inaugaration, amid concerns among President Obama’s appointees over the future direction of US foreign policy.
There is growing anticipation in Washington and around the world over how Mr Trump will behave when he actually moves in to the White House later this week – and which leaders will be invited to meet him first.
Mr Trump is said to harbour deep reservations about the EU and has expressed concern over the dependence of Nato on American money and resources.
On Brexit, the president-elect embraced the result of June’s referendum, going so far as to refer to himself as “Mr Brexit”. He said at the time that Britons had voted to “take their country back”.
Mr Trump has suggested that he will make negotiations over a bilateral trade deal with the UK a priority. He criticised President Barack Obama for saying Britain would go to the “back of the queue” if it voted to leave the EU.
Mr Trump has previously said that if he is liked by Mr Putin it is an “asset, not a liability” but his aides on Sunday denied that there were any plans for an imminent meeting between the two men.
But Mr Brennan, who will step down as CIA director on Friday, said Mr Trump does not understand the risks posed by Russia, or by his own statements and actions.
“I don’t think he has a full appreciation of Russian capabilities, Russia’s intentions, and actions that they are undertaking in many parts of the world,”
Mr Brennan told Fox News. “I think Mr Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of the various actions that it’s taken in the past number of years is a road that he I think needs to be very, very careful about moving down.”
The comments come at the start of a major week in geopolitics. Theresa May is expected on Tuesday to set out her vision for Brexit just days before the new Trump administration takes control. She is expected to spell out a new hardline approach to the EU which may see Britain leave both the single market and customs union in the wake of Brexit.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, on Sunday warned the EU that the UK could cut taxes for businesses and undercut European rivals in a bid to created investment in Britain British exporters are faced with new tariff barriers outside the EU.
In an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, he said: “If we have no access to the European market, if we are closed off, if Britain were to leave the European Union without an agreement on market access, then we could suffer from economic damage at least in the short-term.
“In this case, we could be forced to change our economic model and we will have to change our model to regain competitiveness. And you can be sure we will do whatever we have to do.
“The British people are not going to lie down and say, ‘too bad, we’ve been wounded’. We will change our model, and we will come back, and we will be competitively engaged.”
Ahead of his swearing in, the CIA director said that Mr Trump must change his ways for the sake of the security of the US after taking office.
“I think Mr Trump has to understand that this is more than being about him, it’s about the United States and our national security,” he said. “Now that he’s in a position to actually do something about our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he is going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that US national security interests are protected and advanced.”
Mr Trump has had a fraught relationship with US intelligence, most recently over the dossier prepared by a former MI6 operative which contains unverified but explosive allegations about his conduct with prostitutres while in Russia.
He accused intelligence officials of leaking the documents, comparing their conduct to Nazi Germany.
Mr Brennan said such a comparison was “outrageous” and denied that the intelligence services had deliberately attempted to undermine Mr Trump.
“I do take great umbrage at that and there is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,” he said.
Mr Trump was defiant on Sunday in the face of a growing Democratic boycott of the inauguration ceremony over his attacks on John Lewis, a Congressman and civil rights icon who had claimed he was not a legitimate president.
In response Mr Trump labelled Mr Lewis, who was beaten and jailed protesting segregation, “all talk no action”. He said the Democrats behind the boycott were just bitter over the election results.