Former CIA chief leaves Trump transition team

As President-elect Donald Trump clashes with the intelligence community over Russian hacking, he lost one of his intelligence advisers.

Of course, former CIA Director R. James Woolseysaid he never really got to advise the president-elect.

“I was not really called upon to go to meetings or participate in work on the transition," Woolsey told Fox News.Jonathan Sparks, a Woolsey spokesman, released a statement that said the former CIA chief wished Trump the best of luck as president.

Woolsey led the CIA during the first two years of the Clinton administration in 1993-1995.

He joined the Trump campaign in September and criticized Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Woolsey complained about having little to no access to the president during his time at the head of the agency, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Woolsey said he has been a "'Scoop Jackson,' 'Joe Lieberman', Democrat all of my adult life," but he cited Trump's "commitment to reversing the harmful defense budget cuts signed into law by the current administration" as a reason he is supporting the Republican nominee.

"Mr. Trump understands the magnitude of the threats we face and is holding his cards close to the vest," Woolsey said.

Contributing: William Cummings


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