Ex-DNI Chief Clapper: Trump Is a Threat to ‘Our System’

Thursday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said President Donald Trump’s “assaults on our institutions” were a threat “to our system.”

Clapper said, “I think the president himself has undertaken, whether intentionally or not, assaults on our institutions, and Mike Hayden is exactly right. There is a thin veneer there which can easily be jeopardized to the detriment of the country.”

Cooper pressed, “I don’t want to put words in your mouth. Are you saying you believe the president of the United States is a threat to democracy?

Clapper answered, “Well, to our system. You know, the assaults on the institutions, starting with my own, the intelligence community and his characterization of us as Nazis. The commentary he has made about the judiciary and individual judges. The assault on the bureau, as examples which are not constructive for our country.”

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