On Wednesday, the White House announced that Trump was revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, in a move that has been largely considered as revenge against Brennan for daring to speak out against our so-called “president.”
Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, read a statement written by Trump:
‘Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.’
As you might expect, this move by Trump has not gone over well.
After the news, Brennan fired back at Trump stating that this is an absolute “abuse of power” and tweeted:
This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent. https://t.co/TNzOxhP9ux
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018
Brennan also made similar statements during an interview on MSNBC.
Brennan is definitely not alone in his sentiments, and on Wednesday evening, former FBI Director, James Comey took to Twitter and sent a clear message to Donald Trump (and America) that revoking Brennan’s security clearance proves that “he [Trump] will punish people who disagree with him and reward those who praise him.”
— James Comey (@Comey) August 16, 2018
And the Twitterverse agreed:
Trump rather hand our intelligence over to our enemies rather than allow our own patriots to have access to information they could use to defend us from these enemies. He is a Traitor!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 16, 2018
This is both the most patriotic and most scathing comment I have read yet. Thank you
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) August 16, 2018
Damn, that nailed it.
— Al Bundy (@4_TouchDowns) August 16, 2018
— Jim gray (@Jimgray7582) August 16, 2018
Agree 100%! All the former intelligence officials including yourself should keep speaking out, despite his pettiness, this irrational and bullish behavior will not silence Americans truly concerned about our country.
— Dana A. (@DMarie631) August 16, 2018
Trump has not yet responded to the statements made by Brennan and Comey, but I’m sure we can expect a Twitter meltdown in due time.
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