Trump once more blasts ex-spymaster Brennan as 'political hack' who 'cannot be trusted' with secrets
President Trump on Saturday took aim once more at former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance he yanked days ago, calling him a &ldquopolitical hack&rdquo who &ldquocannot be trusted&rdquo with national secrets.
&ldquoHas anybody looked at the errors that John Brennan made whilst serving as CIA Director? He will go down as very easily the WORST in history & because getting out, he has turn out to be nothing significantly less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who can not be trusted with the secrets to our nation!&rdquo he tweeted.
Brennan, who has been a frequent, very vocal critic of Trump, had his security clearance revoked on Wednesday, with the White Home saying he had been &ldquoleveraging&rdquo his clearance to make &ldquowild outbursts&rdquo against the administration.
For his part, Brennan declared the move to take away his clearance &ldquopart of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.&rdquo
12 EX-INTEL OFFICIALS SLAM TRUMP FOR ‘ILL-Regarded AND UNPRECEDENTED’ ACTION AGAINST BRENNAN
The move sparked a backlash in the intelligence community, with 12 former officials issuing a statement criticizing what they named an &ldquoill-considered and unprecedented&rdquo selection by Trump.
&ldquoThe president&rsquos action regarding John Brennan and the threats of related action against other former officials has nothing at all to do with who should and need to not hold security clearances &mdash and every thing to do with an try to stifle cost-free speech,&rdquo the statement stated.
Among the signers have been six former CIA directors — which includes retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was a prospective candidate for secretary of state in the early days of the Trump administration.
But Kris &ldquoTanto&rdquo Paronto, who was portion of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, said Brennan got what he deserved.
Unique OPS SHOOT DOWN BRENNAN AND HIS DEFENDERS: ‘YOU Place YOUR POLITICS Prior to US
&ldquoHe is fortunate the safety clearance is all he is acquiring away with,&rdquo Paronto told Fox News in an interview on Friday. He had previously accused Brennan of placing his politics prior to these in the field.
&ldquoWe come back from becoming on the ground to be treated as a second-class citizen. You come back and you&rsquore referred to as a liar,&rdquo Paronto stated. &ldquoBrennan came in and there was no talk of &lsquoHey, great job guys,&rsquo not that you look for it, but alternatively, it was &lsquoDon&rsquot say something guys, we don&rsquot want the truth to get out.&rsquo&rdquo
Fox News&rsquo Brooke Singman and Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.
Published at Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:42:00 +0000