Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper accused President Trump of ‘aiding and abetting our arch adversary’ following Trump’s summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland Monday.
Clapper told CNN host Anderson Cooper, “I actually went to the thesaurus to try to capture the phraseology that described what I witnessed today at this unbelievable news conference. And I think the president reflected his incompetence and his naïveté and his gullibility with President Putin, in the presence of President Putin and before the whole world.”
“And he is aiding and abetting our arch adversary,” Clapper said, “and has failed in my mind to live up to his Constitutional obligations and responsibilities.”
Former CIA Director John Brennan went so far as to call Trump’s words during the summit “treasonous,” tweeting Monday:
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
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