Former CIA director James Woolsey, who previously served as a senior advisor to Donald Trump, explained his decision to distance himself from the president-elect Thursday, telling CNN’s Erin Burnett he “didn’t want to fly under false colors.”
“I’d been an advisor and felt like I was making a contribution and I strongly support Mr. Trump for president—did since early September—and I wish him well, but I’m not really functioning as an advisor anymore,” Woolsey said.
Woolsey insisted he came forward with his decision because cable news anchors would frequently label him as a Trump advisor while interviewing him. “I thought I should strike that from the chyron so nobody is under false impressions,” he said.
Woolsey insisted there wasn’t a “particular point” where he stopped advising Trump, adding he “was pleased to be included” in the transition process. But, he said, given “the [cabinet] selections have largely been made,” he doesn’t “want people to get the impression I’m claiming I’m something I’m not.”
Pressed by Burnett if Woolsey’s move was related in part to Trump’s refusal to accept the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia hacked the U.S. election to help Trump win, the former CIA directory acknowledged it’s clear Russians were involved in more of a “control mode than just a participation mode.”
But, he insisted Trump is a very different person in private than when he is in front of “50,000 shouting millennials” and putting on what Woolsey called his “shtick.”
“He has a very different demeanor when he’s talking to a couple to three people. It’s very reasonable, and quite ordinary—normal,” Woolsey said, adding he doesn’t share Vice President Joe Biden’s sentiment that the president-elect needs to “grow up.”
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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”
Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement
The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.
"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.
"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.
"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.