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January 5, 2017

Outgoing CIA director describes threats facing next administration

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  • CIA Director John Brennan says he does not believe the relationship between the United States intelligence community and President-elect Donald Trump is “soured,” despite Trump’s public criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies.
  • Brennan says he’s concerned about European intelligence officials’ statements of possible Russian intrusion in upcoming elections.
  • It’s critical that the U.S. and Russia have a more stable relationship going forward, despite Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election, according to Brennan.
  • Brennan says he’s “very concerned” about North Korea’s ballistic missile capabilities, including plans to develop a nuclear weapon that could one day reach the U.S.

Class discussion questions 
  1. Essential question: Why is it important for the president and the intelligence community to have a strong relationship?
  2. Why would Russia want to interfere in European and U.S. elections?
  3. How should the international community respond to North Korea’s continued efforts to develop their nuclear weapons program?
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