[:en]Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin[:es]Exagentes de inteligencia EEUU dicen que Trump está siendo manipulado por Putin[:]

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two former top U.S. intelligence officials said on Sunday they fear President Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Trump said he believed Putin was sincere in denying Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both said Trump was mishandling Moscow ties even as a special counsel investigates possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

    “I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations… It’s either naiveté, ignorance or fear in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing vis-à-vis the Russians,” Brennan said in an appearance with Clapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    Clapper added that foreign leaders who roll out the red carpet for Trump are able to manipulate Trump.

“I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play him,” Clapper said.

Their comments came after Trump told reporters over the weekend that he had spoken with Putin again over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election and that the Russian president again denied any involvement.

“I really believe that, when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump told reporters. “I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on the same show that the criticism leveled against Trump’s management of relations with Russia and China was “ridiculous.”

“President Trump is not getting played by anybody,” Mnuchin said.

Trump also took a swipe at Obama-era intelligence officials Brennan, Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey, calling them “political hacks” and questioning the findings of a U.S. intelligence report that concluded that Russians sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.

Facing sharp criticism, Trump walked back from some of those comments on Sunday, saying he has faith in the intelligence leaders he has hired.

Brennan on Sunday called Trump’s criticism of him a “badge of honor,” and Clapper suggested said Trump’s denial of Russian interference in the election “poses a peril to the country.”

When asked, Brennan declined to say whether he knows of any intelligence to suggest that the Russians have compromising or damaging information on Trump.

A dossier penned by a former British spy contains unverified claims that Russia does have embarrassing information on Trump.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Dan Grebler for REUTERS

Source: www.reuters.com

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Dos exagentes de inteligencia estadounidenses de alto rango dijeron el domingo que temían que el presidente Donald Trump esté siendo manipulado por su par ruso Vladimir Putin, luego que Trump afirmara que él creía que Putin era sincero al negar la intervención de Moscú en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016.

Tanto el exdirector de la CIA John Brennan como el exdirector de Inteligencia estadounidense James Clapper dijeron que Trump estaba teniendo un manejo inadecuado de los lazos con Moscú, mientras un consejo especial investiga una posible colusión entre el equipo de campaña del mandatario y Rusia.

El presidente estadounidense Donald Trump y el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin se dan la mano mientras participan de una foto de grupo en la cumbre de APEC en Danang, Vietnam, 10 noviembre 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin vía REUTERS

“Creo que el señor Trump está, por la razón que sea, siendo intimidado por el señor Putin, temeroso de lo que podría hacer o de lo que podría salir como resultado de esas investigaciones”, dijo Brennan durante una aparición junto a Clapper en el programa “State of the Union” de CNN.

Clapper agregó que los líderes extranjeros que reciben a Trump con todos los honores son capaces de manipular al mandatario estadounidense. “Yo considero que tanto los chinos como los rusos creen que pueden manipularlo”, declaró.

Sus comentarios se conocen luego que Trump dijo a medios el sábado que él había hablado con Putin sobre las acusaciones de intervención rusa en las presidenciales estadounidenses y que el líder ruso había negado cualquier intromisión.

“Realmente le creo cuando me lo dice, lo dice con convicción”, comentó Trump, agregando “creo que se siente muy insultado por eso, lo que no es bueno para nuestro país”. Pero el domingo, el presidente intentó distanciarse de esos comentarios, diciendo que él confiaba en la inteligencia del país.

En el mismo programa, el secretario del Tesoro estadounidense, Steve Mnuchin, desestimó como “ridículas” las críticas contra el manejo de Trump de las relaciones con Rusia y China. “El presidente Trump no está siendo manipulado por nadie”, declaró el funcionario.

Trump emitió duras críticas contra Brennan, Clapper y el exdirector del FBI James Comey -funcionarios de la era del expresidente Barack Obama-, cuestionando los hallazgos de un reporte de inteligencia que concluyó que los rusos quisieron influenciar las presidenciales a favor del actual mandatario.

Reporte de Sarah N. Lynch. Editado en español por Janisse Huambachano para REUTERS

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