CIA director warns Trump to ‘be wary’ of Russia

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan warned President-elect Donald Trump not to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran. In an interview with the BBC, Brennan also advised Trump to be cautious with Russia.
Brennan Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan warned President-elect Donald Trump not to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran made by the Obama administration.

“I think it will be disastrous,” said Brennan in an interview with the BBC. “First of all, for one administration to tear up an agreement that a previous administration made would be almost unprecedented. It could lead to a weapons program inside Iran that could lead other states in the region to embark on their own programs…It would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that agreement.”

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Brennan also spoke about Russia, advising Trump “to be wary of Russian promises.” The CIA Director said that ‘both the Syrians and the Russians are responsible for the wanton slaughter of civilians (in Syria).’

Talking about Trump’s administration, he said that “the new team needs to be disciplined in the language that they use” in regards to terrorism because if not, “their language will be exploited by the terrorist extremist organizations.”        

"It would be the height of folly to tear up that agreement," Brennan Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Brennan will not work with the President-elect as his last day will be on January 20th after 4 years as the head of the agency.


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