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CIA Director warns Trump not to scrap Iran deal or believe Russian promises

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations March 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brennan recently denied accusations by U.S. senators who claim the CIA conducted unauthorized searches of computers used by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff members in an effort to learn how the committee gained access to the agencyÕs own 2009 internal review of its detention and interrogation program, undermining CongressÕ oversight of the spy agency.

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan told the BBC that President-elect Donald Trump should be wary of scrapping President Barack Obama's Iran deal. In an interview this week, Brennan expressed a desire to see the incoming administration take caution as it relates to the Iran deal, even as Brennan prepares to leave his position in January.

[Brennan] has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be "disastrous" and "the height of folly"...[and] also advised the new president to be wary of Russia's promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in Syria.

Brennan, who spent time as a counterterrorism adviser to President Obama and was a chief proponent of that administration's drone program prior to assuming his role as head of the CIA, was also vocal about trusting Russia's intentions with regard to Syria.

Brennan stated to the BBC that the Trump administration should continue to support moderate rebels fighting Syrian leader Bashar Assad rather than believe Russia is prepared to make a deal with respect to Syria. According to the BBC, Brennan noted that "Moscow had been 'disingenuous' in negotiating tactics, seeking to draw the process out in order to 'choke' Aleppo."

Trump indicated his desire to work with Russia in the lead up to November's election. Brennan warned that the new administration would be wise not to believe any "Russian promises."

Trump has nominated Mike Pompeo, Republican Congressman from Kansas, to succeed Brennan in January. His appointment must be confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate.

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