Kim Jong Un Has Played Donald Trump 'Like a Fiddle,' Ex-CIA Chief Says As He Blasts President's Intel Community Criticism

Former CIA Director John Brennan has blasted President Donald Trump's criticism of his own intelligence community, claiming it has allowed foreign leaders like North Korea's Kim Jong Un to play him "like a fiddle."

The assessment from Brennan, who has been a fierce critic of the president, came on a day in which the president launched an extraordinary attack on United States intelligence chiefs. In one tweet, Trump said members of the intelligence community needed to "go back to school." The criticism on Twitter followed Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats appearing before Congress on Tuesday and contradicting the president's assessment of the threats posed by North Korea, Iran and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

Responding to the attack, Brennan said the president's actions posed a danger to the U.S.

"Your refusal to accept the unanimous assessment of U.S. Intelligence on Iran, No. Korea, ISIS, Russia, & so much more shows the extent of your intellectual bankruptcy," Brennan wrote on Twitter. "All Americans, especially members of Congress, need to understand the danger you pose to our national security."

Brennan later appeared on MSNBC's Hardball and was asked for specific ways that Trump's ignoring of intelligence concerned him.

"I don't think he understands the complexities of the problems associated with North Korea's nuclear program," he told host Chris Matthews. "We have not gotten anything from the North Koreans.

"Kim Jong Un has demonstrated just how easy it is to play Donald Trump like a fiddle, which is what he has done, and there's going to be another summit, and I think he has been duped by Kim Jong Un," Brennan added.

North Korea has not conducted any missile tests since Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to sit down with a North Korean leader last June. However, experts have noted that Trump emerged from the historic summit with no firm commitment for North Korean denuclearization. Trump and Kim are set to sit down for a second summit next month.

Brennan also accused Trump of "provoking the Iranians" by withdrawing the U.S. from a nuclear agreement signed by former President Barack Obama and criticized his "reckless" announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

Wednesday was not the first time Trump has contradicted his own intelligence agencies, but this time he sought to belittle them.

"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" he tweeted. "When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"

Trump, Brennan said, "should be ashamed of himself" over the comments, "but I know he knows no shame."

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Former CIA director John Brennan (2nd L) and former director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) arrive at a closed hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee May 16, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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