Outgoing CIA director John Brennan had leveled criticism at President-elect Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday.
Brennan suggested Trump had a "responsibility" to follow previous interventionist foreign policy and that if Trump didn't understand the need to aggressively confrot Russia, he needed to educate himself.
“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” insisted the director.
Here's what Brennan had to say - as it appeared in the LA Times:
“And he has to make sure that now he's going to have the opportunity to do something for national security, as opposed to talking and tweeting; he's going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. national security interests are protected and are advanced.”
That was particularly the case when it comes to Russia, Brennan said.
“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,” he said.
Also worrisome, he said, were Trump’s hints in recent interviews that he might lift sanctions against Russia imposed last month after their election interference was made clear in a report to President Obama.
“I think he has to be mindful that he does not yet have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road, as well as making sure he understands what he's doing,” Brennan said.
The chief of the world's most infamous clandestine agency also found time to cry crocodile tears for the poor suffering children of Syria - which of course, the organization he headed has nothing to do with:
“My heart and a lot of hearts bleed over what has happened to that beautiful country,” he said. “I think a lot of countries, including the United States, could have been more aggressive and proactive in terms of what we should have done to – to prevent the – the deterioration into so much bloodshed in Syria.”
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