Donald Trump Has Been Unwittingly 'Played' by Putin: Former Acting CIA Chief

Michael Morell said Putin saw that Trump wanted to be complimented.

"And Donald Trump didn't even understand, right, that Putin was playing him,” added Morell, a former acting and deputy CIA director. “So, in Putin’s mind, I have no doubt he thinks that he's an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation, although Putin would never say that."

In contrast, he wrote that Clinton "is highly qualified to be commander-in-chief. I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president — keeping our nation safe."

During his career at the CIA, Morell served under presidents from both parties. He is not registered as a Democrat or Republican, and noted in his op-ed that in the past he has voted for candidates of both parties.