Former CIA Director John Brennan on Monday ripped into President Donald Trump’s “performance” during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying his “imbecilic” comments showed he was in the “pocket of Putin.”
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
Asked whether he would condemn Russia’s election meddling, Trump said ”I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia who hacked Democrats during the 2016 election.
Brennan also asked what Trump was “hiding” by meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
The former CIA director tweeted: “Why did Trump meet 1 on 1 with Putin? What might he be hiding from Bolton, Pompeo, Kelly, & the American public? How will Putin use whatever Trump could be hiding to advantage Russia & hurt America? Trump’s total lack of credibility renders spurious whatever explanation he gives.”
Trump and Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki before moving into an expanded bilateral meeting with advisers. In their first meeting, only translators were present and Trump reportedly did not want to have a note-taker in the room because of a concern that details would leak.