Gen. Michael Hayden (CNN / Screengrab)
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper Wednesday to debate Donald Trump’s quixotical response to the intelligence group’s consensus that Russia interfered within the 2016 election, arguing the president-elect doesn’t permit his assumptions to be affected by “reality-based mostly evaluation.”
“The president-elect appears to have much more confidence in his instinct in his a-priori judgment and assumptions, and he doesn’t permit them to be affected by the very fact-based mostly evaluation that the American intelligence group frankly is designed to offer him,” Hayden stated on The Lead with Jake Tapper, iterating a sentiment he shared in a blistering Dec. 12 Washington Submit op-ed.
Trump “is the one outstanding American” he’s conscious of who “has not but conceded that the Russians carried out large covert affect marketing campaign towards america,” arguing that conclusion is “accepted all through the intelligence group”
Hayden stated he’s but to conclude Russia’s intention in influencing the election, suggesting the Kremlin’s merely “messing with our heads.”
“I feel the’ve been fairly glad to sow the type of confusion we’ve seen,” Hayden stated.
“Take a look at what we’re doing now,” he continued. “We have now the president-elect of america publicly condemning the intelligence providers on which he should rely as president.”
Tapper requested Hayden if Trump is “primarily … siding with the enemy.”
“Mr. Trump says about [Russian hacking] the identical factor Mr. Putin says about [Russian hacking],” Hayden stated. “There’s frankly no argument in that time.”
Hayden informed Tapper the discharge of data relating to Russia’s involvement is “not CIA being political or being politicized,” including the intelligence group is feeling “disappointment, and admittedly disappointment trending in the direction of anger, to be so casually dismissed” by the president-elect.
Requested whether or not Trump’s public disavowed of U.S. intelligence businesses performs into Russia’s narrative that the USA can also be a corrupt and chaotic entity, Hayden conceded Trump “did create fairly a dystopian view of America, the American financial system, American borders and American political processes.”
Including “we’ll see” if the president-elect “[tacks] again in the direction of the middle,” Hayden argued Trump’s response performs into the “horribly false” equivalency between Russia and the USA.
Watch the interview under, by way of CNN: