Daily VideoJanuary 5, 2017
Outgoing CIA director describes threats facing next administration
- 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
- Essential question: Why is it important for the president and the intelligence community to have a strong relationship?
- Why would Russia want to interfere in European and U.S. elections?
- How should the international community respond to North Korea’s continued efforts to develop their nuclear weapons program?
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