Trump Alarms Established Order

Washington, Donald Trump continued his feud with the Central Intelligence Agency and deepened concern in Europe as he continued to attack some of the most established Western institutions days before he becomes America’s 45th president.
Trump has crossed swords with CIA director John Brennan, asking whether he had leaked a dossier that claimed Russia had leverage over Trump because of a video-recording of Trump with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.
U.S. intelligence agencies and the news media, which since October had declined to publish the story, have been unable to verify the report, and the video has not surfaced. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, phoned Trump to say the dossier should never have been made public.
Without giving any evidence, Trump asked whether it was Brennan who had leaked it. Just after CNN reported on the existence of the dossier without going into details, and the entire report was put online by the website BuzzFeed, Trump tweeted: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” Brennan told a US television interviewer on Sunday that he was deeply disturbed by that remark: “What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan said. “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.” Brennan added: “The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries?” Trump’s battle with the CIA began weeks ago when the agency accused Russia, without making evidence public, of having hacked into Democratic Party computers to release emails through Wikileaks in an effort to help Trump get elected. The president-elect has also repeatedly attacked Establishment media for reporting what he calls “fake news” about his alleged links to Russia.
Trump would not be the first president to do battle with the CIA. President John F. Kennedy, frustrated by having lost control of the agency in Vietnam, said he wanted to break it into “a thousand pieces.” Even President Harry Truman, whose administration set up the CIA in 1947, later wrote that he only intended it to centralize intelligence to inform the president, not to become a clandestine organization engaging in regime change, assassination and other covert actions.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Trump not to do battle with the intelligence agencies. “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Schumer. “So, even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.” Trump’s attacks on the Establishment have reached overseas. In two interviews with European newspapers at the weekend, Trump called NATO “obsolete” and appeared to favor the breakup of the European Union.
Trump said NATO was “obsolete” because it wasn’t “taking care of terror,” suggesting that the military alliance should lead in fighting terrorism, rather than confront Russia. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said Trump’s remarks about NATO has “caused astonishment” in Europe.
Trump also said that Britain’s exit from the European Union would “end up being a great thing,” and he predicted other European countries would leave the EU, which he said was dominated by Germany.
Britain is doing the right thing by leaving because the EU “Is basically a means to an end for Germany,” Trump told the Germany newspaper Bild.

Source: Qatar News Agency