Former intelligence officials claim Trump is being manipulated by Putin

Former intelligence officials claim Trump is being manipulated by Putin

"I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin or afraid of what he can do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations", Brennan said, apparently referring to the wide-ranging investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several separate congressional investigations.

"And you know, people don't realize Russian Federation has been very, very heavily sanctioned", he said.

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He said: "I think these are some sort of fantasies".

"I found it particularly reprehensible that on Veterans Day, Donald Trump would attack and impugn the integrity and the character of Jim Clapper, who served in uniform for 35 years", said the ex-CIA chief. After Trump's comments, the Central Intelligence Agency said its director, Mike Pompeo - who is close to Trump - stood by the January assessment, something a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told me last week.

Characterizing Trump's dealings with Russian Federation as colored by "naiveté, ignorance or fear", Brennan said the tenor of Trump's encounters with Putin - the latest of which came during his Asia trip - fuels the belief, especially among authoritarian or adversarial leaders, that it is easy to take advantage of the USA president.

After brief meetings on the sidelines of an economic summit in Asia, President Trump said Saturday he and Vladimir Putin agreed to renew efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Syria - and that the Russian president vehemently denies interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

"Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that, '" Trump said. "And to try to paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding and, in fact, poses a peril to this country".

Trump said he also asked Putin to do something about unrest in Ukraine and to put pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.

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Trump had warned North Korea on Wednesday not to underestimate the United States as he wrapped up his visit to South Korea . The North Korean spokesman, though, said nothing would strop Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear weapons program.

In the statement, Trump noted that "he had a good meeting with" Putin, adding that the successful implementation of the agreements "will save thousands of lives". I just asked him again.

"I know nothing about it".

Trump repeated his claims that Russian interference in the United States election is a conspiracy invented by Democrats to distract from their electoral losses.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said, referring to Putin.

Trump and Putin did not have a formal bilateral meeting, as they did during the G-20 summit in Germany in July; these were informal talks in and around APEC meetings.

Video from the summit in the seaside city of Danang, Vietnam, showed President Trump and Putin shaking hands and chatting, including during the world leaders' traditional group photo. But Putin, speaking to reporters in Hamburg, said Trump had accepted his denials.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump told the media en route to Hanoi that he and Putin could have a great relationship.

"Putin told Trump these reports have no ground and categorically rejected even the hypothetical possibility that Russian Federation could somehow interfere in the election process", Peskov said, according to state news agency RIA.

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