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Former intelligence chiefs blast Trump over Russia comments

Former intelligence chiefs blast Trump over Russia comments

Two former senior intelligence officials Sunday offered an extraordinary critique of President Trump’s mode of dealing with foreign leaders, portraying the president as cowed by Russia’s Vladimir Putin and overly susceptible to flattery by rivals likely seeking to manipulate him.

The broadsides by ex-CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper followed months of tension between the White House and the intelligence community over the president’s reluctance to publicly accept intelligence assessments that Russia sought to sway the 2016 vote in his favor.

That long-running contretemps flared again over the weekend when Trump, speaking to...

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