President Trump has fired back at former CIA director John Brennan who has been speaking out against the president for revoking his security clearance.
Trump tweeted Saturday: “Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!”
The president’s social media attack happened the morning after Brennan said of Trump on MSNBC, “The fact that he’s using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn in his public relations strategy I think is just so reflective of somebody who, quite frankly, I don’t want to use this term maybe, but he’s drunk on power. He really is, and I think he’s abusing the powers of that office.”
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Brennan was reportedly referring to speculation that Trump decided to invoke the move against him in order to deflect the news cycle away from a newly released book by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman which contains explosive claims about the administration.
The White House made the announcement in a briefing Wednesday, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying in a statement, in part, “Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”
During the session, she also denied that the former CIA director and others were being targeted over their frequent criticisms of the president.