John Brennan, the outgoing Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has told the President-elect Donald Trump to choose his words wisely after comparing the agency to Nazi Germany.
“What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan told Fox News on Sunday, days after Trump blamed intelligence agencies for the release of unconfirmed reports about his ties with Russia.
The report, which surfaced on Tuesday, alleged that Moscow had obtained compromising personal and financial information about Trump.
Infuriated by a report that said Moscow has compromising information about Trump, he went on a Twitter rant about how the intelligence community allowed “this fake news to ‘leak.’”
“One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” his tweet read.
Brennan took offense at Trump’s analogy, advising the incoming president to avoid “spontaneity” and “understand” the impact of his words before uttering them.
“I do take great umbrage with that and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,” the spymaster said.
“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” he argued. “And 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.”