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James Clapper criticizes John Brennan for anti-Trump rhetoric

August 19, 2018

President Trump recently called ex-CIA director John Brennan a loudmouth, and other intelligence officials wouldnt necessarily disagree.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday criticized Mr. Brennans overheated rhetoric, specifically his description last month of Mr. Trumps behavior at Helsinki as nothing short of treasonous.

John and his rhetoric have become I think an issue in and of itself, said Mr. Clapper on CNNs State of the Union.

Mr. Brennan walked back his comment Friday, telling MSNBCs Rachel Maddow, I didnt mean that he committed treason, but it was a term that I used, nothing short of treasonous.

John is sort of like a freight train, and hes going to say whats on his mind, said Mr. Clapper. I think though that the common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up is genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values, although we may express that in different ways. I think thats what really what this is about.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: The common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up though is genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats of our institutions and values #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/OxUss0fl9s CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 19, 2018

Mr. Trump came under fire from former intelligence officials for revoking last week Mr. Brennans security clearance, calling Mr. Brennan on Twitter a loudmouth, partisan political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!

Sixty former lower-ranking CIA officials blasted Mr. Trump’s decision in a Friday letter, saying that “former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so.”

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! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018

Lisa Monaco, who served as Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, defended Mr. Brennan, saying that, I think John has said that he sometimes gets his Irish up.

But really what he talked about I think in that interview that you played was that he was really commenting on how stunning it was to him . . . to see the president stand up in Helsinki next to our main adversary, President Putin, and not challenge him, not call him out for the attack on our democracy, said Ms. Monaco.

She added, I think thats what John was responding to yes, in very, very pointed fashion.