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Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

During an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, which will air at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, President Trump called former CIA director John Brennan "a very bad person," according to a transcript obtained by the Daily Caller's Saagar Enjeti, hitting back at Brennan for criticizing his performance in Helsinki as "nothing short of treasonous."

Why it matters: There have been no indications that Trump intends to soften his criticisms of the U.S. intelligence community, even as people from across the political spectrum continue to express their shock and outrage following Trump's failure to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it, a lot of things happened under his watch. I think he's a very bad person. I also think when you watch Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, when you watch all the things that have happened — Comey, you take a look at that and McCabe who has got some pretty big problems I assume, you look at the deception, the lies — these are people that in my opinion are truly bad people, and they're being exposed for what they are."
— President Donald Trump

Go deeper: Trump blasted after press conference with Putin

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Dave Lawler, author of World
3 hours ago - World

Alexey Navalny detained after landing back in Moscow

Navalny and his wife shortly before he was detained. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained upon his return to Moscow on Sunday, which came five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He returned despite being warned that he would be arrested.

The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.

Mike Allen, author of AM
5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.