In a sit-down interview with BBC News, North Bergen native and current CIA director, John Brennan, gives President-Elect Trump warnings about foreign affairs.
“The Russians and the Syrians have taken advantage of any pauses in fighting to advance their position in the battlefield. They have been disingenuous in many of their negotiating tactics. So I think President-Elect Trump…need to be wary,” says Brennan.
The North Bergen native also goes on to give advice on Trump's use of language. “I do think that [Trump and his administration] needs to be disciplined in the language that they use and the message that they send…their language will be exploited by terrorist and extremist organization as a way to portray the United States as Anti-Islamic,” explains Brennan. “We’re not.”
President Barack Obama nominated Brennan as his director of the CIA on January 7, 2013. Brennan also served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; his title was Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.
Brennan was raised in North Bergen, New Jersey. He attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School, and graduated from Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School in West New York, New Jersey before enrolling at Fordham University in New York City.