Donald Trump’s ego and insecurities were the topic on a Sunday news show which featured interviews with the two U.S. intelligence officials who Donald Trump called “political hacks,” a characterization which one of them, John Brennan, declared was “a badge of honor.” Washington Post:

“By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you’re responsible for this, I think he’s giving Putin a pass,” former CIA director John Brennan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.

“He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities,” [James] Clapper said.

“I don’t know why the ambiguity about this,” Brennan said. “Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy and our whole process. And to try paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding, and, in fact, poses a peril to this country.”

Both Clapper and Brennan are non-ambiguous about their conclusions. Trump totally screwed up his play on this hand, both at home and in the eyes of the world. Let’s see what he does with the next set of cards, great negotiator and deal maker that he is.