Glenn Carle, a retired CIA officer and interrogator, believes that Trump’s temperament had played into Russia’s hands and put the president-elect on a collision course with the CIA. Here’s what he said in the context of Trump’s annoyance at official reports that his campaign had been helped by Russian hacking of the Democrats.
“Look, in my professional assessment as an intelligence officer, Trump has a reflexive, defensive, monumentally narcissistic personality, for whom the facts and national interest are irrelevant, and the only thing that counts is whatever gives personal advantage and directs attention to himself.
“He is about the juiciest intelligence target an intelligence office could imagine. He groans with vulnerabilities. He will only work with individuals or entities that agree with him and build him up, and he is a shockingly easy intelligence ‘target’ to manipulate.”
“Were Trump an intelligence officer himself, he would be removed and possibly charged with having accepted the clandestine support of a hostile power to the harm of the United States”.
With every day that passes, we move further into uncharted territory. All politicians dislike officials who tell them uncomfortable truths. But with Trump this might reach psychotic levels.