Former CIA Director John Brennan says that President Trump needs to “stop blaming others” and “look in the mirror,” after Trump blasted the media’s “false and inaccurate reporting” for causing anger and division in society.
Trump’s comments came one day after a series of makeshift and/or fake explosive devices were mailed to a series of prominent Democrats, including one sent to CNN addressed to Brennan which had a mock ISIS flag on it reading “Get Er Done.”
On Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump “could not have been more presidential” in his handling of the situation.
Brennan, a MSNBC contributor, does not work for CNN, and notably had his security clearance revoked in August. He was also head of the CIA when the Obama administration was actively spying on the Trump campaign.
Writing in the New York Times shortly after Trump pulled his clearance, Brennan called Trump’s denials of collusion with Russia ‘hogwash” and vowed not to be silenced.
“The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets,” Brennan wrote.
Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him. -John Brennan
In mid-August, Brennan tweeted that Trump’s move “should gravely worry all Americans” as it is “part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.”
“I will not relent,” he concluded.
Brennan joins at least 200 journalists, most of them retired or semi-retired, who have condemned President Trump over attacks on the media.
“Trump’s condoning of political violence is part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press – which includes labeling any reportage he doesn’t like as ‘fake news’ and barring reporters and news organizations whom he wishes to punish from press briefings and events,” reads the open letter.
Former ABC News producer Meredith Wheeler told The Washington Post that she organized the effort, adding that the letter is still gathering signatures.
The retired journalists accuse Trump of “utterly failing” to uphold his oath of office, which includes a vow to protect the Constitution.
“[Trump is] actively working not simply to undermine the press, but to incite violence against it as well,” the letter reads.
“We denounce Donald Trump’s behavior as unconstitutional, un-American and utterly unlawful and unseemly for the President of the United States and leader of the free world,” they write. –The Hill
Meanwhile, Brennan has proven himself to be a paper tiger over Twitter, but we’re sure he’s got plans.
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