President Donald Trump expressed disbelief at former DNI James Clapper’s admonishment of former CIA director John Brennan over his political rhetoric.
Even James Clapper has admonished John Brennan for having gone totally off the rails. Maybe Clapper is being nice to me so he doesn’t lose his Security Clearance for lying to Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Clapper criticized Brennan’s prolonged rhetoric targeted at Trump in a recent appearance on CNN. Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance Wednesday, citing Brennan’s repeated public appearances attacking him and his past behavior while in office.
The president noted that “any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior,” in a lengthy statement.
— Count – TheCount.com (@THECOUNTnews) August 19, 2018
Trump’s statement revoking Brennan’s clearance also noted that Clapper’s clearance could also be on the chopping block. Clapper, too, has been an outspoken critic of the president but has not engaged in the same invective as Brennan.