Donald Trump’s ego and insecurities were the topic on a Sundaynews show which featured interviews with the two U.S. intelligenceofficials who Donald Trump called “political hacks,” acharacterization which one of them, John Brennan, declared was “abadge of honor.” Washington Post:
“By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging toPutin that we know you’re responsible for this, I think he’s givingPutin a pass,” former CIA director John Brennan said on CNN’s“State of the Union.” “I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin thatDonald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going toappeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which isvery, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.
“He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet andhonor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance thatcome with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I thinkit plays to his insecurities,” [James] Clapper said.
“I don’t know why the ambiguity about this,” Brennan said.“Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy andour whole process. And to try paint it in any other way is, Ithink, astounding, and, in fact, poses a peril to thiscountry.”
Both Clapper and Brennan are non-ambiguous about theirconclusions. Trump totally screwed up his play on this hand, bothat home and in the eyes of the world. Let’s see what he does withthe next set of cards, great negotiator and deal maker that heis.