James Clapper Now Kissing up to Trump?
Former head of the NSA James Clapper earned national attention for lying his socks off to Congress about spying on Americans, and now he’s sucking up to Donald Trump.
Speaking with Dana Bash on CNN, Clapper said that the leader of North Korea “Kim Jong Un may have met his match” with Trump.
The remark was made after Dana Bash asked for Clapper’s opinion on the “back and forth” over the Korean peninsula summit.
Trump was supposed to meet with Kim Jong-un in Malaysia next month, but last week Trump pulled the rug out from the negotiations for the meeting because the North Korean leader was not playing nicely enough for the Americans and the South Koreans.
Now that Donald Trump is showing strength in the Middle East and that Mike Pence is making the rounds visiting the military bases in South Korea, it looks like it’s high time for Rocket Man to start talking before he gets bombed back for continuing his little missile tests.
Born in 1941, James Clapper was the Director for National Intelligence under Barack Obama from 2010 to 2017.
In June 2013, a leak of documents showing that the NSA had been collecting data on the phonecalls of millions of private citizens, Clapper was accused of perjury because he told a Congressional committee that the NSA is not involved in the collection of any data from that many citizens.
“It’s obvious from this that every story we’ve heard about the NSA is a flat-out lie. Not only are they sweeping telephone metadata from every phone call in the country, they have an open warrant from the FISA court to conduct individual searches against unnamed Americans. Clapper refused to answer the question.”
Now, Clapper works for the Center for a New American Security in Washington DC.
Dana Bash and James Clapper
The interview between the two was aired on Sunday and included these snippets from Clapper:
“I’ve been long an advocate for, and this is typical North Korean, two steps forward, one step back. That’s what they always do. Kim Jong Un may have met his match here with our very unconventional president.”
He went on to blather about facilitating dialogue, and Cuba, and similar topics before rounding back to whether Trump should go on with the summit even if the planning stages aren’t going his way:
“I do [think Trump should attend the summit]. Having gone this far, there’s value in meeting and greeting, gripping and grinning and just establishing a rapport. Yes, I think it would be important to have the summit.”
Letter Mentioned By Clapper
In speaking with Bash, Clapper touches on a letter sent by Trump to Rocket Man. Here’s part of it:
“We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.”
Apparently Donald is a champion of the “Dear John” letter. But, Trump doesn’t only dole out an attack:
” I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now home with their families. That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.”
And finally, Trump gives the brutal communist nation a chance to redeem themselves:
“If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Here is the six minute interview as aired this Sunday.
Clapper is making the media rounds these days in order to promote his new book called Facts And Fears: Hard Truths From A Life in Intelligence.
Sources: CNN, RedState