While overseas, President Donald Trump attacked former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence, and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In comments to reporters, Trump called Comey, "a liar", and other veterans of the U.S. intelligence community, "political hacks". Instead of listening to leaders of the U.S. intelligence community, Trump turned to Vladimir Putin for guidance on Russian election interference. Putin denies that any election interference took place and Trump publicly claims to take him at his word.
Mr. Trump heaped disdain on the former leaders of three American intelligence agencies — John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director; James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence; and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired this year — appearing to suggest that they were less trustworthy than Mr. Putin.
Trump smears American intelligence community professionals.
“I mean, give me a break — they’re political hacks,” Mr. Trump said. “You have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey’s proven now to be a liar, and he’s proven to be a leaker, so you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that.”