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Director da CIA diz a Trump para ter cuidado com o que diz / CIA director warns Trump to watch what he says, be careful on Russia / Donald Trump: I’ll start off trusting Putin

Director da CIA diz a Trump para ter cuidado com o que diz

John Brennan afirma que Trump ainda não compreendeu totalmente o significado das acções de Moscovo.

PÚBLICO 15 de Janeiro de 2017, 21:53

"O que eu considero mesmo ultrajante é comparar os serviços de informações com a Alemanha nazi. É algo que considero muito ofensivo". É assim, sem papas na língua, que o director da CIA, John Brennan, responde à enxurrada de críticas do Presidente eleito, Donald Trump. E Brennan, que está de saída do cargo, não se fica por aqui: recomenda ao futuro Presidente, que passou a última semana a criticar as agências federais de segurança e informações por causa da Rússia e de um polémico relatório, que tenha mais cuidado com o que diz.

Numa entrevista ao canal Fox News, neste domingo, Brennan alegou que Trump ainda não compreendeu totalmente o significado das acções de Moscovo, designadamente a ocupação da Crimeia, o apoio ao Presidente Bashar al-Assad, na Síria, e os ciberataques russos. "O senhor Trump tem de entender que absolver a Rússia de responsabilidade por acções dos últimos anos é um caminho que deve ser trilhado com muito cuidado", afirmou o director da CIA, citado pela Reuters.

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Chefe dos serviços secretos contraria Trump e mantém que Rússia interferiu nas eleições dos EUA
Numa entrevista ao Wall Street Journal, na última sexta-feira, Trump admitiu aliviar as sanções à Rússia, impostas pela Administração Obama em paralelo com medidas idênticas aprovadas pela União Europeia, se Moscovo colaborar com os EUA, nomeadamente no combate ao terrorismo.

Brennan acrescentou ainda que não vê com bons olhos a postura pública de Trump, especificamente no que diz respeito a comentários. "Espontaneidade não é algo que proteja os nossos interesses nacionais em termos de segurança", disse o director da CIA. "Por isso, quando [Trump] fala ou reage, convém ter a certeza de que ele compreende que as implicações e impactos no país podem ser grandes", disse Brennan, concluindo que o risco que daí advém "não é apenas sobre o senhor Trump". "É sobre os Estados Unidos."

CIA director warns Trump to watch what he says, be careful on Russia
By Doina Chiacu | WASHINGTON

CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday offered a stern parting message for Donald Trump days before the Republican U.S. president-elect takes office, cautioning him against loosening sanctions on Russia and warning him to watch what he says.

Brennan rebuked Trump for comparing U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany in comments by the outgoing CIA chief that reflected the extraordinary friction between the incoming president and the 17 intelligence agencies he will begin to command once he takes office on Friday.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Brennan questioned the message sent to the world if the president-elect broadcasts that he does not have confidence in the United States' own intelligence agencies.

"What I do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with Nazi Germany. I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly," Brennan said.

Brennan's criticism followed a tumultuous week of finger-pointing between Trump and intelligence agency leaders over an unsubstantiated report that Russia had collected compromising information about Trump.

The unverified dossier was summarized in a U.S. intelligence report presented to Trump and outgoing President Barack Obama this month that concluded Russia tried to sway the outcome of the Nov. 8 election in Trump's favor by hacking and other means. The report did not make an assessment on whether Russia's attempts affected the election's outcome.

Trump has accused the intelligence community of leaking the dossier information, which its leaders denied. They said it was their responsibility to inform the president-elect that the allegations were being circulated.

Later on Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to berate Brennan and wrote, "Was this the leaker of Fake News?" In a separate posting, Trump scolded "those intelligence chiefs" for presenting the dossier as part of their briefing. "When people make mistakes, they should APOLOGIZE," he wrote.

Brennan also sounded an alarm on U.S. relations with Russia. Trump has vowed to improve relations with Moscow even as he faces criticism that he is too eager to make an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump does not yet have a full understanding of Russia's actions, Brennan said, noting its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, its support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war and Moscow's aggressive activities in the cyber realm.

"Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of various actions it has taken in the past number of years is a road that he, I think, needs to be very, very careful about moving down," Brennan said.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump suggested he might do away with sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russia in late December in response to the cyber attacks if Moscow proves helpful in battling terrorists and reaching other U.S. goals.


Brennan also said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he assumes the presidency, alluding to Trump's penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

"Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests," Brennan said. "So therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound."

"It's more than just about Mr. Trump. It's about the United States of America," Brennan said.

Trump has picked Mike Pompeo, a Republican member of the House of Representatives and a former U.S. Army officer, to replace Brennan.

Trump's comments about Putin and his reluctance to assign blame to Moscow for the hacking of Democratic political groups has opened him up to criticism that he will be too soft on Russia.

For months, Trump had publicly expressed doubt about U.S. intelligence conclusions on the cyber attacks before acknowledging at a news conference on Wednesday that he thought Russia was behind the hacking.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence told "Fox News Sunday,"

"What the president-elect is determined to do is to explore the possibility of better relations."

Pence did not say whether Trump would undo some of the sanctions and diplomatic expulsions Obama had slapped on Moscow.

Pence confirmed that Trump's incoming national security adviser, Michael Flynn, held conversations with the Russian ambassador to Washington around the time the sanctions were imposed, but said the talks "were not in any way related to the new U.S. sanctions against Russia or the expulsion of diplomats."

However, Pence denied that Trump's team had any contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. "Of course not," he told Fox.

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Friday they will investigate alleged Russian attempts to influence the election and links between Russia and the political campaigns.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Will Dunham)

Donald Trump: I’ll start off trusting Putin
President-elect says he plans to strengthen travel restrictions on Europeans visiting the US.

By ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH 1/16/17, 12:16 AM CET Updated 1/16/17, 12:38 AM CET

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will invite British Prime Minister Theresa May to visit him “right after” his inauguration and will strike a “fair” trade agreement with the U.K. “very quickly,” he told the Times in an interview published Sunday.

Brexit “is going to end up being a great thing” and other countries will follow the U.K.’s lead out of the EU, largely as a result of the migration crisis, Trump said.

The interview will boost campaigners pushing May to agree to a hard Brexit with Britain outside the European single market and will worry many among the Continent’s Establishment. Trump’s desire to strike a deal with President Vladimir Putin is likely to be welcomed by Russia but his comments will provoke concern in Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries.

“I do believe this, if they [EU countries] hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the ­problems that it … entails, I think that you wouldn’t have a Brexit,” Trump said. “It probably could have worked out but this was the final straw, this was the final straw that broke the camel’s back … I believe others will leave.”

The interview, the first extensive comments to European press since Trump became president-elect, was conducted by Michael Gove, a columnist for the Times and former U.K. justice secretary, and Kai Diekmann, publisher and former editor of Bild newspaper. Gove, who worked for the Times before being elected to the U.K. parliament, was a prominent Brexit campaigner during Britain’s referendum in June and was sacked by May after he failed in a bid to become prime minister following the Brexit vote.

Trump said that while he had “great respect” for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, “she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from.”

He added that the EU was pandering to Germany, at others’ expense.

“You look at the European Union and it’s Germany. Basically a vehicle for Germany. That’s why I thought the U.K. was so smart in getting out.”

While Russia’s actions in Syria were “a very bad thing” and had led to a “terrible ­humanitarian situation,” the U.S. president-elect said he intended to start his presidency trusting Putin and Merkel.

“Well, I start off trusting both — but let’s see how long that lasts. It may not last long at all,” he said.

Trump, who will be inaugurated Friday, said he hoped to strike a deal with Russia to reduce its nuclear capability in exchange for sanctions relief.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.”

Trump has previously said it might not be bad if countries such as South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia developed nuclear weapons for self defense.

On NATO, Trump said he was committed to the alliance, but added that the U.S. paid more than its fair share and the organization had not adapted to today’s threats.

“I said a long time ago that NATO had problems. No. 1 it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. No. 2 the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay. I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror… With that being said, NATO is very important to me.”

The incoming president also said he planned to sign orders next Monday to strengthen U.S. border control, which would include travel restrictions on Europeans visiting the country and “extreme vetting” of those entering the U.S. from parts of the world known for Islamic terrorism.

Trump said he intended to appoint his son-in-law Jared Kushner to forge a Middle East peace deal, and called on the U.K. to veto any U.N. Security Council resolutions critical of Israel.


Zoya Sheftalovich  

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